Celebrity Chef Julie Goodwin Quits Radio Show 'For Wellbeing'
Celebrity cook Julie Goodwin has revealed she has made the decision to step back from her radio show because of her mental health struggle.
In an emotional message sent to Rabbit & Julie Goodwin radio show fans on Facebook, Goodwin revealed that she had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety after spending years denying her struggle with mental health.
Goodwin, who was also the season one winner of Masterchef Australia and later opened her own cooking school, said she decided to quit her Star 104.5 gig late last year with the show to end by Easter 2020.
"It was a massive and difficult decision, because I love doing this job, respect and adore my colleagues, am in awe of the listeners and the relationships we’ve built," she said.
"I’ve had nothing but support and love from this workplace. But still, I needed to do it for my wellbeing and my family."
Goodwin revealed, her mental health took a downward turn and after weeks of anxiety and feeling unwell she said she "couldn't see a single thing to look forward to".
"It felt like being in the middle of the ocean, not knowing which way to swim to reach shore, just treading water more and more slowly. Stopping seemed like it would be such a relief."
Goodwin said it was the darkest place she had ever been, and in January she was taken by her husband to the emergency room where she was referred to a psychiatrist and admitted to in-patient care in a mental health unit.
"That’s where I am and have been for more than five weeks now," Goodwin revealed on Friday, adding that the entire ordeal came as "an enormous shock".
"I’ve always considered myself to be strong and resilient, energetic, capable of doing many things," she said.
"I’ve prided myself on my work ethic and always taken it as something of a compliment when people say “I don’t know how you manage it all!"
"I’ve always thought “soldiering on” and “putting a good face on things” were values to aspire to."
Goodwin said she's now learning to treat herself the way she would treat those she loves.
"Don’t work more than you would allow your partner or child to work. Don’t speak to yourself with harsh words you’d never use towards your friends or colleagues. Be as kind to yourself as you try to be to others," she said.
"And if you’re overwhelmed, if you’re struggling, ask for help. Do it before you can no longer hear the logical voices, the clear and good voices. Do it before it’s too hard to see a way forward. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the ones who love you the most."
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.