Stephanie Davis shares candid picture during her 'breakdown' and says she 'was dead inside and felt like she was drowing' during depression battle

The actress, 25, took to Instagram yesterday to reveal the extent of her battle with depression – which made her feel like she was "dead inside" and "drowning" for months on end.

Stephanie, who went to rehab for alcoholism last year, shocked followers with the snap, which saw her staring wildly into the camera while covered in talcum powder.

Adding a lengthy caption, she revealed she felt "trapped" by her struggles at the time, and urged any followers feeling the same to seek help.

She began: "So I've seen a lot of people posting sexy photos and saying #mentalhealthawarnessweek.

"Here's a photo of me, during my breakdown with talc all over my head for whatever reason I was thinking at the time, that my aunty took listening to Lonely together Rita ora alone on repeat.

"My eyes are black inside as you can see, I'd say they were dead inside.

"I was suffering SO much with depression, feeling SO suicidal and Absolutely TRAPPED.

"I felt like I was DROWNING trying to defend my self and trying to prove to strangers I was a good person when I was literally on the brink and not well when I shouldn't have had to, I knew the truth would shine through and people would see eventually, I just had to stay true to me!

"I had people online giving me hate and abuse for things if they actually went through they never would have got through HALF of what I did!"

Having recovered from her struggles with the help of her family and health professionals, Stephanie went on to urge fans to seek help if they are feeling low or lost.

She continued: "People presume people are ok and that it's ok to point fingers and jump on the bandwagon to try and make themselves look better. THINK before you do!! You never know what someone is going through behind closed doors!!

"If anyone is feeling low or lost or struggling, suicidal or confused as why there feeling the way they do, REACH OUT!!!

"It seems scary, I totally understand but TRUST me, once you say them three words.. I NEED HELP… your journey back to happiness will begin."

Before adding: "I'm not scared to show this photo or what people say, as long as it can help someone reading this."

She ended her brave post by sharing a photo of her healthier and happier self cuddling her son Caben-Albi, who turns two in January.

She went on: "Happy and LIVING again. ITS OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY! I'm such a STRONG person now and thankful for my journey as it lets me help others.

"Mental health is real!! Stop the stigma!"

Stephanie had Caben with her now ex-boyfriend, Celebrity Big Brother contestant Jeremy McConnell.

Their relationship turned toxic and Stephanie revealed she was an alcoholic and was checking into rehab after her split.

The actress has since turned her life around, and returned to work on Hollyoaks earlier this year after getting axed in 2015.

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