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Ex Coronation Street star Sean Ward candidly discusses his battle with depression – Daily Mail

Ex Coronation Street star Sean Ward admits he has given up cannabis, alcohol and porn to combat his depression

  • The actor, 30, who played villain Callum Logan in the popular soap until 2015, told his fans in an Instagram video he had to quit his vices in a bid to overcome his mental health problems
  • The brave star said he had an ‘addictive personality’ and had previously been self-medicating to deal with his depression.
  • Writing alongside the video, he continued: ‘Once my whole world was fragmented due to depression I realised a lot of things had crept into my being that did not support my dream 
  • ‘I take full responsibility for my addictions and now I’m back in control. It sounds obvious but NO BOOZE, NO DRUGS & NO PORN’
  • This marks the first time Sean has spoken publicly about his depression 
  • Sean told MailOnline: ‘Due to the recent rise in male suicide I felt a strong need to be frank about my own experiences in the hope of encouraging men to speak about their own emotions and everyday challenges
  • ‘I also believe men need to catch up emotionally to women and speak up more. I have a short film I’ve written about depression in farmers which will help shed more light on this situation for men in the UK and Ireland’ 
  •  Sean’s character, drug dealer Callum Logan was first introduced in 2014, but was killed by Kylie Platt the following year
  •  He was previously in a relationship with actress Georgia May-Foote, with the pair splitting after she appeared on the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing

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Eve Buckland For Mailonline


Published:
21:15 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Updated:
22:15 GMT, 1 January 2019

Ex Coronation Street star Sean Ward candidly discussed his battle with depression in a hard-hitting Instagram video on Sunday where he admitted he has given up cannabis, porn and alcohol to combat the condition.

The actor, 30, who played villain Callum Logan in the popular soap until 2015, told his fans he had to quit his vices in a bid to overcome his mental health problems.

Speaking to his followers, the brave star said he had an ‘addictive personality’ and had previously been self-medicating to deal with his depression.

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Brave: Ex Coronation Street star Sean Ward candidly discussed his battle with depression in a hard-hitting Instagram video on Sunday, where he admitted he has given up cannabis, porn and alcohol to combat the condition

He said: ‘So there’s a few things I had to change to get past the first stages of depression. Three main things for me.

‘I have a very addictive personality. One of them was alcohol. I was hitting the bottle hard. It runs in my family.

‘So that was one thing I had to cut out, alcohol.

‘The next thing was cannabis. You know I’m an actor, I’ve always had a puff here and there.

Speaking out: The actor, 30, who played villain Callum Logan in the popular soap until 2015, told his fans he had to quit his vices in a bid to overcome his mental health problems

‘You think ‘it helps me create a character but actually it just makes you dopey as hell’ so I had to quit the cannabis.

‘And third and most importantly, I apologise because my mum might see this, but porn. I had to quit watching porn. It’s for the devil.

‘It ruins relationships. Those three things set me on a clear path.’

Writing alongside the video, he continued: ‘Once my whole world was fragmented due to depression I realised a lot of things had crept into my being that did not support my dream.

Candid: He said: ‘So there’s a few things I had to change to get past the first stages of depression. Three main things for me. ‘I have a very addictive personality. One of them was alcohol. I was hitting the bottle hard. It runs in my family

Villain: Sean’s character, drug dealer Callum Logan was first introduced in 2014, but was killed by Kylie Platt the following year

‘I take full responsibility for my addictions and now I’m back in control. It sounds obvious but NO BOOZE, NO DRUGS & NO PORN.

‘All these changes gave my body and brain the time to actually deal with my problems rather than trying to numb out the pain which actually in the long run makes you so much worse. Hope this helps.

‘See your reality for what it is and make the changes for your future. To infinity and beyond.’      

Sean told MailOnline: ‘Due to the recent rise in male suicide I felt a strong need to be frank about my own experiences in the hope of encouraging men to speak about their own emotions and everyday challenges. 

‘I also believe men need to catch up emotionally to women and speak up more. I have a short film I’ve written about depression in farmers which will help shed more light on this situation for men in the UK and Ireland.’  

Sean’s character, drug dealer Callum Logan was first introduced in 2014, but was killed by Kylie Platt the following year. 

He was previously in a relationship with actress Georgia May-Foote, with the pair splitting after she appeared on the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

She went on to date her dance partnerGiovanni Pernice, who is now dating 2018 series star Ashley Roberts.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details.  

Former flame: He was previously in a relationship with actress Georgia May-Foote, with the pair splitting after she appeared on the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing

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