These days, it seems she’s well and truly bounced back — she won this year’s season of Dancing With the Stars, co-hosts The Scoopla Show on Southern Cross Austereo, and has written a children’s book set for release next year. Not too shabby at all.
However, Freedman says recovering from being fired wasn’t a rapid or easy process. “It took me a long time to get over it. I took it to heart and felt as if I didn’t know my place in the world,” the 26-year-old says in this week’s edition of OK!
According to the magazine, Freedman also sought some professional help to deal with the aftermath; along with the support of friends and family, she found solace in sessions with a psychologist.
This isn’t the first time she’s spoken about the setback — in September, she told the Daily Telegraph it left her feeling “pretty down” for a number of months. “I’ve moved on and I don’t dwell on that part of my life. I did lose confidence for a while but I’m pretty resilient … I know that if you’re a good person and a hard worker and you have a positive attitude, things will work out,” she admitted.
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Losing a job you love can be a deeply hurtful and upsetting experience, so it’s wonderful to read that someone as high-profile as Emma Freedman didn’t hesitate to engage the support she needed.
You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental illness in order to benefit from speaking to a psychologist — often, speaking to an objective person about stressful events or feelings in your life can be just what you need to work through it. When it comes to professional mental health support, there’s no issue or feeling too ‘small’.
Freedman’s not the only high-profile Aussie to acknowledge the importance of counselling this year. Back in October, The Bachelorette‘s Sam Frost told TV Week magazine she regularly speaks to a mental health professional