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Frankie Bridge has impressed OK! with her services to mental health this year and as a reward for her honourable work we’ve awarded her as one of our heroes of 2020.

Speaking exclusively to OK! about her award she said: “I’m so surprised! I feel like I’ve been talking about mental health for a long time, so it’s so lovely that people are recognising it. This year it’s been more important than ever, so I feel very honoured.”

Frankie has been keeping busy during this year’s lockdowns by recording her podcast Open Mind, where she talks to celebrities, including the likes of Tess Daly and Laura Whitmore, about mental health, and said the feedback she gets from her listeners inspires her to keep going.

“My podcast is all about trying to help people,” she explained. “It’s so nice when it’s doing the job you want it to. When people say, ‘I didn’t realise that’s why I’m feeling this way’ or ‘You’ve made me feel strong enough to talk to someone’. That’s what it’s all about!”

Frankie, who is mum to Parker, seven, and five-year-old Carter, has been open about her own mental health struggles and battles with anxiety and depression and she revealed that this year has been no different.

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“I have struggled and had days where I’ve just wanted to spend the day in bed, but having the kids, you don’t always have that luxury, so they’ve been great at keeping me going!” she told us.

“Some days I look at the positives and some days I just can’t. Some days I don’t know what mood I’m going to wake up in and I start the day quite positive, but end up feeling quite negative. It comes with the uncertainty and I’m someone that doesn’t like a lot of change.”

However there have been some positives for Frankie during the gloom of 2020 and the top of her list is enjoying home life with her boys and hubby, former footballer Wayne Bridge.

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“It's been really nice for us to spend so much time together,” she said.

“At the beginning of the year I was so busy and wasn't spending much time at home, so it's been nice to spend so much time together.”

So what lessons from 2020 will Frankie take with her into the new year?

“We live our lives too fast!” she said.

“This has forced us to slow down and as hard as that has been, you realise how important that is also. Realising that there’s no harm in slowing down a little bit, sometimes. Taking stock is totally fine.”

Listen to Frankie’s podcast Open Mind now

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