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Corrie's Callard admits 'serious breakdown'

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Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has revealed that she has been receiving treatment for a nervous breakdown and depression.

The actress, best known for her role as Weatherfield's Liz McDonald, has spoken about her struggles for the first time in a bid to lift the stigma which can surround mental health issues.

Callard took time out from her soap commitments last year after suffering a serious breakdown. While she received treatment at The Priory clinic, viewers heard that Liz was absent from the Street due to a holiday in Spain.

The 52-year-old is still being treated by The Priory as an outpatient, but is well on the road to recovery. She has now decided to join forces with the mental health charity Mind to promote its work and encourage others to seek help if they experience similar problems.

In a statement, Callard commented: "I have been speaking to the mental health charity Mind about lending my support to the work they do - I feel it is really important to try and help lift the stigma that makes life so difficult for the one in four people who experience mental health problems."

The star paid tribute to her family and friends for supporting her while she was unwell, and also thanked the media for respecting her privacy during her illness.

She explained: "Being able to recover out of the media spotlight has hugely helped me and meant that I could return to work last year whilst still receiving treatment as an outpatient. Now I feel able to speak about what I went through and thank everyone for their support."

Mind's CEO Paul Farmer said: "We are so thankful to Bev for offering Mind her ongoing support. Her story is testament that people who experience mental distress can recover, and can continue to lead full and rewarding lives."

He added: "We encourage anyone who may be suffering in silence to reach out for help and urge those that they turn to be there for them without judgement."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Coronation Street said: "Everyone at ITV has been behind Beverley through this very difficult time. We are extremely proud of the huge progress she has made and delighted that she is back on screen at the centre of the show and we continue to support her." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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