Survivor's Anneliese opens up about mental health on the show
Anneliese Wilson from Survivor has recently opened up about her experience on the popular reality show.
Wilson, 23, admits she struggled more than her fellow contestants, with her mental wellbeing taking a hit.
“Personally, and I don’t want to speak for other people, but I struggled the most out of anyone out there,” she said. "I was always feeling so down and low. It’s hard to watch back knowing how I felt in those moments, and looking at the position that I was in.”
Now that she's left the show - filmed in Samoa - and back home in Melbourne, Wilson has been able to reflect more on her time:
“I’m in the process of rebuilding from there, and getting my confidence back," she admits. “I’m still working on it.”
Wilson has also commented on her reasons for speaking out:
“The stigma isn’t so much attached to mental illness anymore, but there can never be enough talk about it, because it is so prevalent," she explains. "I think the best thing is to start an open discussion. I don’t shy away from the fact that I struggled with mental illness.”
A spokesperson said the health of contestants is taken very seriously on the series and is constantly monitored:
“Endemol Shine Australia [who produce the show] takes the mental and physical wellbeing of our contestants very seriously,” the spokes person explained. "There is constant care with a psychologist who monitors and talks with them while on the island. The contestants are offered ongoing professional psychological support after filming if needed.”
We wish her the very best in this adjustment period.
If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, there are resources to help.
Lifeline 131 114
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Headspace 1800 650 890
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