Frankie Sandford Helps Launch It's Time To Talk Mental Health Campaign - Audio

15 August 2013, 16:02

The girl band star says the new campaign is one that is very close to her heart.

The Saturdays star Frankie Sandford has opened up about getting involved with mental health charity Mind's new It's Time To Talk campaign this month.

The 'What About Us' singer has become an ambassador for the newly launched campaign, which aims to raise awareness and end discrimination face by those suffering from mental health problems.

Frankie says the charity is something she has wanted to get involved with for a long time, after suffering her own battles with mental health last year, and has been promoting a temporary tattoo design to help raise awareness.

"For me it's something that's quite close to my heart really as someone that suffered with depression and anxiety," Frankie revealed exclusively to Capital this week. "Speaking out about it last year I've wanted to get involved with Mind and this just seems like a great campaign.

"One of the biggest things is getting people to talk about it, not being embarrassed about it and just raising awareness really."

Check out a picture of Frankie Sandford out shopping in London this week below:

The 'Gentleman' singer went to explain why she herself decided to speak out about her own issues, and how the It's Time To Talk campaign is not just important for people who suffer from mental health issues.

"For me personally I chose to speak out publicly to everyone and by doing that I was hoping to make it easier for other people to talk," she added. "And also it was good for me, it made me feel so much better, talking and being honest and open about it and I think that really says a lot for the campaign.

"It's not just about people that are suffering with mental illness it's for people that have friends or family [going through it] and knowing how to broach the subject really."

Frankie Sandford is currently taking a short break from The Saturdays as her pregnancy due date approaches this autumn.

Listen to Frankie Sandford chatting to Capital's showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes below:

Frankie Sandford on the It's Time To Talk campaign...