Singer Jojo has opened up about her diagnosis of clinical depression, admitting "sometimes we just need a little help".

The 29-year-old singer, who rocketed to fame with her hit track Leave (Get Out) in 2004, has been going to therapy for ten years and is using her mental health journey to inspire her new album, Good to Know.

Speaking to People magazine, she said: ''Because there is a history of mental health issues in my family, I didn't feel any shame seeking help.

"Those of us who have a predisposition toward depression or a chemical imbalance - sometimes we just need a little help.''

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Jojo also opened up about how she felt ''overwhelmed'' by her career at the beginning and turned to alcohol to cope.

"I was feeling overwhelmed and found myself wanting to get out of my mind because I was so scared and so sad.

"At the end of the day I am a product of a family with substance abuse issues. When I woke up and didn't know how I got home, I was like, 'This is not okay.''

The chart-topper, who has been open about her dispute with her record label after her rise to fame, felt the most important thing was to ''control'' what she could and accept there were some things out of her control.

''What was out of my control was I never knew what I was going to get from my father, if he was going to OD again; if my record label was going to let me out of my deal, or if I was ever going to legally be able to own my own voice again.''

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