BBC News presenter Huw Edwards shares depression battle: 'I couldn’t get out of bed'

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BBC News presenter Huw Edwards, 60, spoke candidly about his mental health issues, detailing the depression that left him unable to get out of bed.

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Speaking to Men’s Health UK columnist Alastair Campbell, Huw explained how his mental health has impacted his career. "I'm pretty clear that I have suffered – and do suffer – from depression. It's not anxiety, although it includes anxiety, but it tends to hit me in a strong wave and then go away," Huw explained.

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Huw Edwards is a nighly fixture on BBC News

"Your mind goes into a place where you don’t want to do anything. You can't make any decisions. Things that you usually enjoy, you dread. You come into work and obviously you do a professional job, but you're kind of pushing your way through it," Huw continued.

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The presenter went on to detail how his depression has changed the course of his career, sharing: "If it's very bad – as it has been a few times over the course of 20 years – you can't work. During the worst one I had, I couldn't get out of bed."

With two decades of experience of managing his mental health, Huw has ways of coping, explaining that boxing is a key strategy. “It's one of the things I can do when I feel myself on the slide. I can pull my way out of it," he says.

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Huw Edwards with his son Daniel Edwards

Huw, who shed three stone back in 2019, says he partakes in boxing two or three times a week and does TRX workouts once a week too.

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Exercise is well-known to help ease mental health woes, with a study by gym group Anytime Fitness UK discovering that walking and going to the gym are the most beneficial physical activities for people’s mental health.

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Huw Edwards loves boxing for his mental health

We're happy for Huw that he's found a way to support his mental health and look forward to seeing him on our screens again tonight.

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