Suranne Jones has revealed that she finally feels free from the weight of her mental health struggles, on Wednesday.
The actress, 43, has spoken openly about her mental health in the past as she struggled to deal with the death of her mother in 2016 and then the death of her father in January last year.
Suranne has openly discussed her mental health journey admitting that she now feels like she ‘moved on’ and is no longer taking medication.
‘I feel like I’m free of the weight of it’: Suranne Jones, 43, has revealed that she is ‘not on medication’ and has ‘moved on’ from her mental health battle on Wednesday
Speaking to Angela Scanlon on the Thanks a Million podcast, she explained: ‘It’s come up when I was talking about making Gentleman Jack, and it’s the loss of both my parents and the beginning of my mental health journey, that led me to, I am Victoria, taking medication, now not on medication. ‘
Surrane, who played the lead role of the pioneering lesbian, Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack and the title character in I Am Victoria, has discussed how her own personal experiences shaped the shows.
She continued: ‘What I can say about I’ve moved on and I genuinely feel like I’m moving. Like I’ve moved through it and then passed it. ‘
Brave: She said: ‘What I can say about I’ve moved on and I genuinely feel like I’m moving. Like I’ve moved through it and then passed it ‘
She added: ‘I did an article recently, and I did say to the journalist,’ Don’t concentrate too much on my father’s death and the sadness of it all, ‘because I feel like I’ve made something very positive with Gentleman Jack and with I Am Victoria.
‘I feel like the next chapter of my life is about genuinely letting go of the weight of all that happened to me.
‘And feeling freer to go, ah, now of course, grief issue at all different points and mental health journey is a mental health journey, you know, you have to take care of that like you take care of your physical health.’
Proud: She explained: ‘I feel like I’ve made something very positive with Gentleman Jack and with I Am Victoria’ (Pictured with Lydia Leonard, right, and Sophie Rundle on Gentleman Jack)
Moving on: ‘I feel like the next chapter of my life is about genuinely letting go of the weight of all that happened to me’ (Pictured on I Am Victoria in 2021)
Suranne concluded: ‘All of that is so important, but I do feel like I’m free of the weight of it … I had my son and I lost my mom in very close timeframe.
‘Then I was doing a show in the West End called Frozen, which was a very heavy show about the loss of a child and pedophilia and forgiveness and whatever the mix of all that was.
‘It really got to me. And I had a collapsed on stage and couldn’t finish the last week of the run. ‘
Tragic: In 2016, Suranne lost her mum, Jenny, after she passed away from vascular dementia and Suranne was prescribed medication (Pictured: Her parents on their wedding day)
Heartbreaking: Suranne’s father Chris died of COVID in January 2021 after being in ICU for three months
Suranne was previously prescribed medication in the wake of her mother, Jenny’s death in 2016, then whilst filming for Gentleman Jack in January 2021 her father, Chris passed away from COVID 19.
Suranne admitted her anxiety peaked as lockdown restrictions began to ease while she was grieving her father and revealed that she was taking medication in August.
‘I look at Gentleman Jack and go, wow, we did that, because other people. All around the world. We’re having awful times too, because collectively we went through some awful things. ‘
This comes after she revealed that playing the pioneering lesbian, Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack helped her during her battle with anxiety and depression.
Robust: Suranne Jones revealed that playing the pioneering lesbian Anne Lister helped her own mental health battle
She admitted that her characters ‘robust’ and ‘positive’ mental health was inspiring to her.
Speaking at the press launch for Gentleman Jack series two in Halifax, she explained: ‘I’ve talked a lot about my own mental health. Anne Lister’s mental health was very robust and she was so positive.
‘She felt things very deeply but managed to dust herself off and move on. That’s what you need to do.
‘That’s something she has taught all of us. I feel it when I watch it. ‘
Trailblazer: Suranne detailed that her characters ‘robust’ and ‘positive’ mental health was inspiring to her after she struggled with the death of her parents (Pictured with Sophie Rundle)