Gail Porter recovering after "being sectioned following suicide attempt"
Gail Porter recovering after “being sectioned following suicide attempt”
10:16 AM on 20th May 2011
TV presenter Gail Porter is recovering at her London home following an apparent suicide attempt.
The Scottish mother-of-one was reportedly detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital after she was found in her bathroom with cuts to her arms and chest.
The TV star”s latest troubles come only a few weeks after she was reported to have made a suicide threat following an argument with boyfriend Jonny Davies.
Troubled: Gail Porter, pictured at a London party last month, was reportedly hospitalised after cutting her chest and arms
Following the alleged incident at her North London home on Wednesday night, the presenter, 40, was hospitalised before being discharged yesterday.
Porter was seen returning to her home in Belsize Park with Davies, 25, and told The Sun: “I”m fine, thank you very much.”
A Met police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address in Belsize Park at approximately 21.00 hours on Wednesday following concerns for the welfare of a resident.
Date day out: Gail Porter and her boyfriend Jonny Davies having lunch in London earlier this month
“A woman was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to a medical facility.”
While Porter recovers from her ordeal, her eight-year-old daughter Honey is staying with her father Dan Hipgrave.
Porter has spoken openly about her 2005 overdose on pills following the breakdown of her marriage to Hipgrave.
Loving mother: Porter with her eight-year-old daughter Honey in February
Difficult split: Porter took an overdose in 2003 following the breakdown of her marriage with Dan Hipgrave
At the time, she insisted it was a “cry for help”, not a genuine suicide attempt.
She has also admitted self-harming when she”s feeling stressed, saying: “I really needed to hurt myself. It was a sort of punishment.”
Following the birth of her daughter in 2003, Porter was diagnosed with post-natal depression.
She also suffered great distress when her mother died of cancer two years ago.
In an interview with the Mail earlier this year, Porter admitted she had stopped taking the antidepressant Citalopram a year and a half earlier.
She said in February: “I stopped taking it a year and a half ago. I didn”t tell my doctor, which I know is bad. I just stopped. I”ve got back into fitness instead, and that”s what really helped me.
“Exercise keeps me occupied, which is good for my mental health. You can go to the doctor a million times if you”re feeling down, and get nowhere, but if you go for a run it makes you feel really good.”
Soon after her overdose, Porter started losing her hair and was diagnosed with alopecia, which doctors believe was triggered by stress.
Although her hair began to grow back in 2010, she ended up shaving her head in January when it started to fall out again.
Pin-up: The infamous nude picture of Gail Porter projected on the Houses of Parliament by FHM magazine in 1999