SENIOR Tory MP William Wragg has revealed he's struggling with depression and anxiety – and will be taking a short break from work.
Mr Wragg, who is Vice-Chair of the influential 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, opened up to thousands of followers on Twitter that he's been battling mental health difficulties his entire adult life.
In a heartfelt statement the 34-year-old MP said he is “resisting the temptation to give up entirely”.
He's now going to take a short break from MP duties.
But his team are still working and replying to constituents in need of help.
Mr Wragg, who was a strong critic of Boris Johnson, said he is looking forward to returning “refreshed”, but hasn’t specified when that could be.
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The MP said: “Do not assume those who are outwardly confident and successful are without doubts and despair.
“I am only making this statement as an explanation, instead of giving recurrent excuses.
"I look forward to returning refreshed, better able to represent my constituents, loving life and myself a little bit more."
Fellow politicians from different parties leapt to wish Mr Wragg well.
Tory MP Stuart Anderson tweeted: “Sorry to hear this, hope you are ok. Here if you need to chat.”
Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones wrote: "So sorry to read this Will! Wishing you well and a speedy recovery."
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Members of the public praised Mr Wragg for being open about mental health.
Some said hearing high profile figures talking about subjects that can be cast off as taboo is very helpful to those suffering in silence.
Mr Wragg was elected to parliament in 2015 and currently serves as chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.
You’re Not Alone: Where to seek help if you need it
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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