Shirley Ballas made an emotional appearance on This Morning earlier today as she discussed the tragic death of her brother.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge wiped away tears as she discussed losing David, who took his own life in 2003.
David was just 44 when he passed away after suffering with depression.
His image is currently part of an exhibition from the Campaign Against Living Miserably on London’s South Bank. The presentation includes photos of fifty people, all smiling, shortly before they died due to suicide.
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A moved Shirley reflected: “Seeing my brother there in display in Southbank brought everything back. If I knew now what I knew then I could’ve helped.
“Everybody loved him. He was a big brother, he was like a father. He was everything to me.”
Shirley added: “He was really the last person that I would ever think would take his own life.”
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Telly favourite Shirley also noted how, in hindsight, there were indications David was struggling.
“When I look back now, there were warning signs,” she said.
There were little things that he would say or comments that he would make.
“There were little things that he would say or comments that he would make. And I would be like ‘you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.’”
Shirley continued: “We have to be astute. Our lives are so packed – as mine was back then – with people saying ‘you’ll be fine.’
“I’ve had people say that to me in some of the darkest times in my life. They don’t know what’s going on inside.”
Discussing the importance of communication, Shirley added: “Life goes so fast. And if you just take a step back, a breath, a moment, and listen and really try to see your family or friend…”
If you are struggling with your mental health, contact the Samaritans online or call 116 123 from any phone for free.
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