Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan went into therapy to help cope with crippling anxiety after giving birth

The Coronation Street star is mum to Matilda, three, and 16-week-old Delilah with her fiancé Scott Sinclair.

Helen, 28, has made no secret of her struggle with mental health in the past and said she is keen for women to talk about their struggles.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, Helene explained: “I’ve always struggled with anxiety and it was at its peak after having Matilda.

“It was partly why I wanted to go back to work. I didn’t get post-natal depression, but my anxiety got unbearable.

“I had cognitive behavioural therapy. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.”

In the chat, Helen also opened up about her decision to breastfeed and why she believed it was so important for women to feel comfortable doing it in public.

She said: “Women shouldn’t feel they have to cover up, it’s the most natural thing.”

Recently, the actress, who plays Rosie Webster in the ITV soap, admitted she was shamed by a stranger after feeding Delilah in a café.

Helen stood her ground and said any woman should be free to feed where they want.

Speaking to The Sun, Helen said: “A girl about my age came to sit across from me. I was feeding quite happily with my blankets and I could see her saying to her boyfriend: ‘Oh, that’s disgusting.’

“She eventually got up and made a big deal of having to leave, like: ‘I’ve just got to go!’

“I mean, how ridiculous? I just thought it was really immature. I’m doing a really natural thing. So I just ignored her and carried on feeding my baby.

“Sometimes I’m discreet and other times not so much because I’d rather Delilah was comfortable – she’s my priority.

“I don’t really care if someone doesn’t approve of me breastfeeding, I just care about my baby being happy and fed.”

Read the full story in this week's OK! Magazine – out today.

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