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MP opens up about depression

Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South Photo: pa

Ivan Lewis has opened up about his battle with depression in a bid to encourage others to talk about their mental health problems.

Mr Lewis, the MP for Bury South, revealed how the condition had sometimes prevented him from getting out of bed and that because of his public role he felt unable to talk about it.

He said he hoped his story would encourage others in the Jewish community to speak out.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraph, Mr Lewis said "At crisis points in my life I have withdrawn from all human contact, been unable to get out of bed, obsessed over past incidents in a futile quest to change them, felt unable to experience any joy and lost all hope for the future.

"I've focused on the negative in my life and refused to accept the many positives.

He said "Mental health is a hidden secret in our Jewish communities, it is a big issue. There is also a great deal of pressure on us to be successful and some people perceive mental health issues as weakness