BBC newsreader Huw Edwards says depression kept him from getting out of bed


Popular newsreader Huw Edwards described how depression kept him from getting out of bed.

The BBC News at Ten stalwart, 60, told Men’s Health UK his depression included anxiety and tended to ‘hit’ him ‘in a strong wave and then go away’.

The Welsh broadcaster, who has worked at the BBC since 1984, revealed in a documentary last year that he had had bouts of depression which left him “bedridden” since 2002.

Speaking to mental health campaigner and columnist Alastair Campbell, he said: “I’m pretty clear that I have suffered – and do suffer – from depression.

“It’s not anxiety, although it does include anxiety, but it does tend to hit me in a strong wave and then go away…I think at least I know now when I’m going enter a phase like this.

“Your mind goes to a place where you don’t want to do anything. You can’t make any decisions.

“The things you usually like, you dread them. You come to work and obviously do a professional job, but you work your way through it.

“And, of course, if it’s really bad – as it has been many times over the last 20 years – you can’t work. During the worst I’ve had, I couldn’t get out bed.”

He spoke to the former publicist about realizing and accepting that you can’t please everyone.

“When I think back to 20 years before I got the job at The Ten, it took me a long time to stop being thin-skinned about people who had a pop. ‘Why is this Welsh guy doing- “He’s the news? Why doesn’t he go back to Cardiff and do the news there? All he does is read an autocue! Get rid of him!”

“You can laugh about it, but if it’s every week. I wasn’t used to it. I was used to being told I was brilliant. My mistake was thinking you can please to everyone. And you can’t”