TV presenter Phillip Schofield has said that he has been to some "dark and scary places" with his mental health.

The 58-year-old This Morning co-host told viewers that he will be sharing more about his mental health and how he has "needed a lot of help in recent times".

Schofield, who came out as gay live on TV earlier this year, made the remarks during a discussion about mental health on the ITV show today.

"Over the next few weeks I will be talking quite a lot about my mental health and where my head has been in recent times," he said.

"It's surprising how you think you've got a grip on everything and suddenly your head takes you to dark and scary places."

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"There's no question I needed a lot of help in recent times with people who sit right beside me right now," he said, referring to co-host Holly Willoughby, "who helped me enormously".

"Steph, my wife at home, my girls (daughters), my family... and loved ones can be instrumental in helping.

"I understand and realise that not everyone is as lucky as I am, to have sympathetic ears to listen to... But the first point surely has to be.... To reach out to the people that know you the best and hopefully you can find a rock that you can tie yourself to.

"I've been to some fairly dark places in my head... When those clouds roll in... If you are patient, if you hang on, if you wait, then it is extraordinary how the clouds break up and a little bit of sunshine can come through.

"Don't rush into judging your life because you never know where it might go quite quickly."

Schofield married his wife Stephanie in 1993 and the couple have two grown-up daughters, Ruby and Molly.

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