Resident This Morning psychologist Emma Kenny has shared her grief after losing her father to suicide.
Kenny, 45, who regularly advises viewers on mental health issues, called her father ‘the love of my life’ and said she was ’30 seconds too late’ to save her dad, after finding his body on Monday.
She also slammed mental health services in the UK, saying she was ‘ashamed’ of the way people who are mentally unwell are treated.
Social media users have been comforting the presenter after she shared her tragic news on Twitter and Instagram in the two-minute video, saying: ‘My lovely cyber family.
‘This is the hardest message I will ever share, the most tragic message I will ever convey. I want you to know I am surrounded by love. You have followed my Dad’s journey and you deserve the conclusion. Xxxxx’
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Grief: This Morning’s resident psychologist Emma Kenny shared an emotional video on Wednesday revealing that her father had lost his eight-month struggle with psychosis and taken his own life
The 45-year-old mental health expert regularly advises viewers on emotional issues on This Morning; she revealed that she’d found her dad’s body but had been ’30 seconds too late’ to save him
In the video, which has had more than 85,000 viewers, Kenny apologises for not looking herself.
The TV psychologist explains: ‘My dad’s had psychosis for eight months now. My dad sadly lost his battle with psychosis on Monday.
‘He took his own life. I found him but I was just about 30 seconds too late, I didn’t get that chance.’
Thanking supporters for their messages, she added: ‘My dad’s end does not define who he was.
‘Mental illness does not define you. He was the strongest, most wonderful and most beautiful human being you could ever have met and I’m so privileged that I was his daughter.’
The presenter, who has documented her father’s battle with psychosis during the last eight months, said the illness did not ‘define’ him. She thanked supporters for kind messages and urged people to go the ‘extra mile’ for someone who is mentally unwell, saying ‘it’s not their fault’
Kenny said her father was: ‘the strongest, most wonderful and most beautiful human being you could ever have met and I’m so privileged that I was his daughter.’
Kenny pictured on This Morning with presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Supportive messages poured in for Emma after she published the video on social media
At the video’s end, Kenny slammed mental health services in the UK and asked people to get that ‘extra mile’ for someone who is mentally unwell.
‘I’m ashamed of the mental health service in the UK and I’m so sorry for many of you who are going through this and I know you are because you get in contact with me all the time.’
Those who watched the video posted their condolences, with many agreeing on Kenny’s comment about mental health.
@TheCareKid wrote: ‘Oh Emma, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs your way. Mental health and suicide, particularly in men, must be tackled to become less taboo. Only then can we save lives.’
@LucyLucifer82 added: ‘I’m so very sorry Emma. Look after yourself. I echo your shame for the mental health services in the UK. I’m watching someone suffering right now and am totally helpless.’
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