Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly recently came out about her experience of spending three months in a mental health hospital after she was sexually assaulted twice. Holly, daughter of renowned television chef Gordon Ramsey, was courageous in opening up about her experiences of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while studying at university a few years ago.
Holly reflected on her battle with mental health when she was a student at Ravensbourne University. The 21-year-old also revealed that eventually, she was admitted to London’s Nightingale Hospital.
In her podcast 21 & Over with Holly Ramsay, she explained that her PTSD and other mental struggles came from a dark place, as she had experienced two sexual assaults when she was 18 years of age.
She took to social media to announce the launch of her latest podcast. She said that she sincerely hoped that people can continue to break the stigma that still heavily surrounds our mental health by listening.
Holly also dived into her life at the university in the podcast. She studied fashion design at university and loved it. However, by the second half of the first year, she started being affected by her PTSD and had no clear idea that this was happening.
“I was going out a lot, and thus, I was missing class because I’d been out. I was going clubbing way too much. I wasn’t enjoying myself. I was struggling a lot more but didn’t notice because I thought it was probably a hangover,” Holly revealed.
“I then left university after my first year because I was admitted to the Nightingale Hospital as an in-patient for three months. The PTSD was a result of two sexual assaults when I was 18. I didn’t tell anyone about it until a year afterward. After that, I just buried it in a box in the back of my mind.”
Gordon’s daughter explained that she was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, and depression during her stay at the private hospital. Since then, she has been in therapy up to three times a week. So she now has these diagnoses that she carries around. It’s confusing, but she’s trying her best to take control of her narrative and use that to make something good.
Holly has also hoped that her new podcast will help her and many others be brave and let go of the stigma that still surrounds mental health. Bringing the conversation of mental health to the forefront is how Holly wants to help herself and others suffering reach a happier and healthier frame of mind.
Gordon and his wife Tana are parents to five kids, including Meghan, 23, twins Holly and Jack, who are 21, Mathilda, 19, and two-year-old Oscar. Holly thanked her family for their continued support following the podcast’s release. “Lastly, thank you to Dad, Mum, Meg, Jack, Tilly & Oscar – you’ve been the greatest unconditional support for me. I love you.”
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