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Nicky Campbell’s wife Tina feared he would jump in front of a train ahead of bipolar diagnosis


Nicky Campbell’s wife Tina reveals she feared her husband would ‘jump in front of a train’ as the couple recalled his public breakdown in a new interview.

Long Lost Family host Nicky, 60, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, after previously having a breakdown outside Euston station in which he sobbed on the floor and felt like ‘the whole world fell on top of me.’

And during Thursday’s Loose Women, the couple opened up about Nicky’s mental health battle and his subsequent diagnosis, with Tina admitting she was worried that her husband would take his own life.

Fears: Nicky Campbell’s wife Tina reveals she feared her husband would ‘jump in front of a train’ as the couple recalled his public breakdown in a new interview

Opening up to the panel about that particular moment in the thick of his depression, Tina recalled how Nicky had called her up from Euston station in an emotional state.

She explained: ‘He called me and said, “I can’t go on, it’s too much”, and I thought, “where are you?” – “I’m at Euston station.”

‘I thought he was going to jump in front of a train.’

Struggling to hold back tears, she continued: ‘God, it makes me really emotional just talking about it.

Struggles: Long Lost Family host Nicky, 60, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, after previously having a breakdown outside Euston station in which he sobbed on the floor and felt like 'the whole world fell on top of me' (pictured in 2019)

Struggles: Long Lost Family host Nicky, 60, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, after previously having a breakdown outside Euston station in which he sobbed on the floor and felt like ‘the whole world fell on top of me’ (pictured in 2019)

‘He hit rock bottom and from that day his life is sort of pre and post medication. And at that point we called for help, we went to see the doctors and life got better from there.’

Tina also told how she had her suspicions her partner was heading for a breakdown as he would previously call her several times a day whenever he saw an image of an animal in distress.’

She said: ‘I think in the run up I was fielding seven or eight phone calls a day, just a day of phone calls propping him up and telling him it was going to be alright. He was taking it all so personally.’ 

Canid: During Thursday's Loose Women, the couple opened up about Nicky's mental health battle and his subsequent diagnosis, with Tina admitting she was worried that her husband would take his own life

Canid: During Thursday’s Loose Women, the couple opened up about Nicky’s mental health battle and his subsequent diagnosis, with Tina admitting she was worried that her husband would take his own life

Discussion: 'He hit rock bottom and from that day his life is sort of pre and post medication. And at that point we called for help, we went to see the doctors and life got better from there'

Discussion: ‘He hit rock bottom and from that day his life is sort of pre and post medication. And at that point we called for help, we went to see the doctors and life got better from there’

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER? 

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that mainly affects sufferers’ moods.

It is characterised as periods of euphoric highs and depressive lows.

These mood swings can be extreme and have a big impact on a patient’s quality of life.

The rate of bipolar episode cycling varies between sufferers.

Bipolar’s causes may include childhood trauma, stressful life events, genetics or brain chemistry.

Treatment may include medication or therapy. 

Sufferers can practice self-care by staying physically healthy, maintaining a strong support network, sticking to a daily routine and avoiding known triggers, such as late nights.

The difference between bipolar I and II is that bipolar II sufferers won’t have experienced a full manic episode. 

Source: Mind 

Asked by the panel if it was a ‘relief’ finding out what was wrong with Nicky, she said: ‘Absolutely, it was life changing.

‘When these things are going on, you don’t realise how bad it is until you’re out the other side.

‘The stigma of mental health is so much better now, but in those days we were worried we couldn’t tell people because the BBC will sack him.’ 

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that mainly affects sufferers’ moods.

It is characterised as periods of euphoric highs and depressive lows.

Discussing his heartbreaking ordeal in his own words, Nicky said: ‘Loads of stuff was getting on top of me, I had this breakdown outside Euston Station, I was heading up to Salford. The whole world fell on top of me.

‘I fell down and started weeping. I scrambled for my phone and I rang Tina and she knew what had happened. 

‘She said, “Come home to the girls, come home to me”. She said, “Come home to Maxwell [their pet dog] he’s gonna be waiting for you”.’ 

‘She knew the trigger. I came home, lay on bed, I heard rattle of collar – he ran upstairs, he put his head on me and paw on me, everything changed. ‘

Nicky told how his breakdown may have stemmed from feeling immense ‘guilt’ over searching for his birth mother.

The TV star was adopted by Frank and Sheila Campbell a few days after he was born.

Sharing how he felt at doctors finally giving him an answer to how he was feeling, Nicky recalled: ‘I said “aah that’s what it is”, I’ve got something it’s normal, just like being ill.

‘My birth mother she was bipolar, like a new connection with her and a bonding as well. Tina and family and Maxwell, have been incredible.’

Memory: 'I fell down and started weeping. I scrambled for my phone and I rang Tina and she knew what had happened'

Memory: ‘I fell down and started weeping. I scrambled for my phone and I rang Tina and she knew what had happened’

Relief: Sharing how he felt at doctors finally giving him an answer to how he was feeling, Nicky recalled: 'I said "aah that's what it is", I've got something it's normal, just like being ill' (pictured with 'miracle dog' Maxwell

Relief: Sharing how he felt at doctors finally giving him an answer to how he was feeling, Nicky recalled: ‘I said “aah that’s what it is”, I’ve got something it’s normal, just like being ill’ (pictured with ‘miracle dog’ Maxwell 

Nicky has since released a memoir ‘One of the Family’, which details his life with his adoptive parents, his search for his birth mother, and how his ‘miracle dog’ Maxwell helped with his mental health. 

When asked if it feels better to talk about things, he said: ‘It does, it’s still difficult, some ways easier write about it then talk about it.

‘When you write you’re on your own, being open about it, is important – we have a responsibility. I had the opportunity write book, go on radio and TV, in a sense, something like this, it’s good to talk about this.’

Memoir: Nicky has since released a memoir 'One of the Family', which details his life with his adoptive parents, his search for his birth mother, and how his ‘miracle dog’ Maxwell helped with his mental health

Memoir: Nicky has since released a memoir ‘One of the Family’, which details his life with his adoptive parents, his search for his birth mother, and how his ‘miracle dog’ Maxwell helped with his mental health 



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