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‘We work on our marriage’: Michelle Obama speaks publicly about marriage counselling

November 12, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid

‘We work on our marriage’: Michelle Obama speaks publicly about marriage counselling

Former first lady Michelle Obama has spoken publicly for the first time about her experience seeking marriage counselling, Time reports.

Michelle told Good Morning America, ‘I know too many young couples who struggle and think somehow, there’s something wrong with them.

I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama — who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other — we work on our marriage and we get help with our marriage when we need it.’

Obama wants people to know that there is nothing wrong with asking for help, Obama said: ‘What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me and I started working out more, I started asking for help, not just from him but from other people.’

‘I stopped feeling guilty,’ she added.

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Teenager walks 200 miles for mental health

Teenager Chloe Bellerby embarked on a walk from Leeds to London to raise awareness for mental health.

According to the BBC, Bellerby struggled with depression throughout her teens before being admitted to hospital. ‘People struggle in silence’, she says.

Two years on Bellerby is now studying in the US on a soccer scholarship and is a mental health advocate.

The teen successfully completed a 200 mile walk from Leeds to London in just 10 days, raising over £10,500 for mental health charity Mind.

Her fundraising efforts come amid alarming figures about the incidence of mental health issues among teenage girls. Results published by the Millennium Cohort Study last year found that 24% of 14 year old girls suffer with depression, and that more than 20% of 14 year old girls say they have self-harmed.

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