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Terry Hall

When struggling with a mental health issue it can be easy to feel as though you are the only person going through it. However, mental health problems are so common that around one in five people will suffer from mental health issues in their lives. Many celebrities struggle with such issues, and occasionally open up to the public about them. Terry Hall is no exception.

Terry Hall, born in Coventry, is the lead singer of The Specials and has recently spoken out about his battle with depression and addiction. The singer opened up about the mental trauma he experienced after being sexually abused by a paedophile ring in France when he was kidnapped at 12-years-old. He admits that it made something in his head switch and he turned to Valium to cope with the situation.

After leaving school at age 14, Hall took on different short-term jobs including: bricklayer, quantity surveyor and apprentice hairdresser. He then entered the music scene, joining a band named Squad. Afterwards he acted as the frontman of The Coventry Automatics which eventually became The Specials in early 1979.

The singer spoke on the Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast about his struggles. He explained that whilst what happened to him was unfortunate, he didn’t want to let it destroy his life. Hall mentions after 10 years of wanting to avoid taking medication, he eventually started taking Lithium to help with the manic depression.

The Specials broke up for a while but have since reformed and are set to take to the stage at the O2 Academy, Birmingham on 26th April.