Greg James has said he wants to “show solidarity” with others living with a partner or loved one suffering from mental health issues.
He, BBC Radio 1 DJ, 37, said he hopes to be able to get people to “start a dialogue” with their partners to develop strategies and ways of dealing with issues like so.
Writing in i newspaper, James has been open about his relationship with wife Bella Mackie and how her struggle with anxiety has affected him as a life partner.
He describes “coping strategies” that he and Mackie have developed, including both a personal approach and a more general approach.
“I want to express my solidarity with anyone who lives with or loves someone with mental health issues,” he wrote.
“Every person is different, of course. The hope of this book is to help you start a dialogue with your favorite sad ghost and work out some strategies together.
“But remember to take time for yourself, you’re not anyone’s therapist.”
He added: “It is important to be prepared for sometimes there is no solution. Life is not like that. Grab that.
“Our relationship is multifaceted and it should be – I wouldn’t change anything about it. Or Bella.
“It shouldn’t be brilliant all the time, and importantly, it shouldn’t be bad all the time. But it must be filled with love.”
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Journalist and author Mackie, 39, has previously been open about her struggles with mental health.
The couple has been married since 2018.
Sharing his post online, James wrote: “I have written about the complexity and joy of sometimes bringing all the sadness in.
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