Trisha Goddard recalls suicide attempt as ‘nurse saved her life’ after breakdown
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Trisha Goddard told how a nurse 'saved her life' after she attempted suicide during an emotional interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.
The inspiring talk show host, 63, spoke about a series of battles she has faced during her life, including the horrific racist bullying she experienced in school, her breakdown and surviving breast cancer.
Trisha spoke about trying to take her own life after she suffered a breakdown.
When asked by Piers how serious she was about ending her life, She said: "Everybody is serious.
"There's no such thing as a cry for help. Everybody's serious if you get to that stage.
"And to me it was about just not wanting to be or feel that pain anymore. What brought me back is my baby needed breastfeeding."
Trisha then said a nurse saved her life as she reminded her that she was a good mum.
The television star continued: "And there was a nurse there called Elaine. And Elaine, if you're watching this, you know, you saved my life. Never mind about the psychiatrist, this one nurse.
"People were talking about taking my children away from me and that would have been the end. And Elaine brought toys for Billie to play with. She allowed me to be a mum and she watched and she told me I was a good mum.
"And that reminded me of my meaning, that I wasn’t useless or hopeless. All the voices in my head that told me I was a failure and this one nurse was the one who got through to me."
During the interview, Trisha recalled the vile racism she experienced as a child as she was targeted by bullies every day in school.
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She explained: "You get toilet paper and you stuff it in your mouth so they don't hear you crying. Because if they hear you crying while they're chanting the n-word outside, then you'll get it worse."
Trisha recalled the worst incident from her school years when a boy hit her lunch tray in the canteen.
She said: "All the food flew off the tray and everybody laughed. And I was so embarrassed and I picked up everything and I did the Oliver Twist thing, I went back to the dinner lady.
"I said 'Excuse me' and she said 'No, you've had'.
"And everyone was laughing. So I got up, I ran out and I sat on a step and I was crying and crying."
Trisha said that a teacher dismissed the abuse and told her to "toughen up".
She continued: "I can see this teacher now, blonde hair, goofy teeth. He sat down next to me and he said, 'You've got to understand, you've got to toughen up.
"We people in this country, we don't want people like you here. So if you're going to stay here, you're going to have to toughen up'.
"When I was nine years old and my teacher, who watched me get hit, was telling me this was my life."
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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