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Home and Away star Nic Westaway reveals his battle with mental health

Nic Westaway, an Australian actor and former star of Home and Away, has opened up about his mental health difficulties.

The 32-year-old, who is also a certified personal trainer, told Daily Mail Australia this week that he has had his fair share of “dark” days and difficult periods throughout his life.

Nic made the admission while demonstrating his support for The Push-Up Challenge, an event that raises funds for charities and organizations that assist those who are battling with mental illness.

EXCLUSIVE: Home and Away star Nic Westaway has candidly revealed his battle with mental health while chatting to Daily Mail Australia this week

To assist generate awareness and funds, participants are pushed to do a certain number of difficult push-ups per day.

Nic is one of several competitors who has raised $1,300 thus far, well above his $1,000 goal.

The challenge, which continues throughout June, has raised more than $5.5 million for mental health across the country.

an event that helps raise awareness of mental health and raises funds for charities and organisations that help people who might be struggling

The soap star said that while he hasn’t officially been diagnosed with depression, he’s ‘struggled’ at times. 

‘I’ve never been officially diagnosed but it’s a struggle I’ve had at times in my life,’ Nic said.

‘But in an optimistic or positive way, I’ve found those times in my life when I’ve had those dark thoughts that I had labelled as a mild or moderate depression, it’s given me an opportunity to find tools to use to improve my life or become stronger as a person.’

Baring all: The soap star said that while has hasn’t officially been diagnosed with depression, he’s ‘struggled’ at times. ‘I’ve never been officially diagnosed but it’s a struggle I’ve had at times in my life,’ Nic said

Nic acknowledged to relying on friends and family, as well as support organizations and free counseling sessions, to get him through the difficult times.

‘I’ve used all of those alternatives at different times and come out a couple of steps farther in terms of my personal development and progress, which is why this challenge is so important to me,’ Nic added.

He added the challenge is particularly significant to him since he knows people who have committed suicide as a result of a mental health battle.

Nic has stated that he wishes to eliminate the “stigma” associated with mental illness and to normalize the fact that it is acceptable for individuals to seek help if they require it.

When people go, “my mental health is not great right now,” there should be an open acceptance of like, “go and do something about it, start meditating, do mindfulness techniques, reach out to family and friends,” he said.

Out of the blue: Nic admitted that he’s got through the trying times with the help of friends and family, support groups and said he’s even utilised free counselling sessions

Nic also discussed his acting career and balancing his responsibilities as a personal trainer, noting that he is only willing to take on a role if he is the best actor for the position.

‘I’m not done with acting, but I’m not worried about striking while the iron is hot any longer; I’d want to be cast in something if I was the perfect actor for the job, not just because I was on Home and Away once upon a time,’ he added, adding that he’d love to be in a Netflix or CW show.

Nic, who played bad boy Kyle Braxton on Home and Away from 2012 to 2016, said he has wonderful memories of his time on the show.

‘There were a lot of fantastic things; the experience on set, and most importantly, spending time with creatives who are really talented at what they do,’ Nic remarked.

‘It’s like a big family that’s been running for thirty years, not only the performers, but the folks behind the cameras,’ he continued.

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