Ellie Goulding has shared an emotional social media post about mental health in which she has written about the tragic death of her grandfather a number of years ago.

The singer-songwriter said her Instagram post was "a little late" following World Mental Health Day last week, adding that she "really wanted to say something about Mental Health Awareness, for what it's worth".

"We all have a right to feel what we do, whatever it is, whoever we are- Exhilaration, madness, absolutely nothing at all, confusion, chronic sadness... (I can sometimes feel all these things in the space of a few days)," she wrote.

"Today I'm thinking about my grandfather, who took his own life a few years back," the 32-year-old continued.

"I wish I had spoken to him more, and wish we could have had even the smallest clue of how unhappy he was."

Goulding accompanied the post with a picture of her swinging on a rope over a river and told her 14.4m Instagram followers: "I know for sure that a lot of my anxiety has come from what they call "imposter syndrome" not believing in myself enough and thinking that I don't deserve happiness which sometimes results in sabotaging your own success.

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"I keep my head straight by training every day (running and boxing mainly) and although it is so hard sometimes to be motivated, the feeling of blood pumping through my veins and a human body performing the way it so impressively does reminds me how cool it is to be alive."

"I admire those who get out of bed every morning and seize the day, even when they're not feeling too great," Goulding concluded.

"That requires a lot of courage. Please know that you are doing amazingly and I'm proud of you."

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