The 37-year-old counsellor and life coach has spoken out about the importance of speaking out about mental health issues, during Mental Health Awareness Week.
And, during an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the This Morning agony aunt discussed the shock news of Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, taking his own life.
Opening up about the public’s reaction to the tragedy, she said: “I think it just highlights, and shocks people, that what you can’t see, you don’t know exists.
“You see Avicii and you think, ‘Gosh, what must he have been going through, to get to this point where he thought not being here was a better choice.’”
She continued: “I think it’s a harsh reality for people, that actually the people we look up to and admire are struggling as well – and everybody is normal, and everybody is human.”
Anna went on to discuss the importance of speaking out and seeking help, in order to ensure an early intervention is possible.
She explained: “The minute you start to feel that something isn’t right or you’re starting to not feel able to cope, or you are struggling with certain feelings or behaviours or thoughts, it’s important to seek help straight away.”
Anna went on to encourage those in need to speak with loved ones, doctors or relevant charities or agencies, as soon as they had those feelings.
“We need to keep destigmatizing mental health,” she insisted.
“[We need to continue] making it OK to be able to talk about it as soon as there is a niggle that makes you think that something’s not right.”
The mother-of-one has previously spoken openly about her own mental health battles – after struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD birth trauma in the past.
The star went on to discuss why her own experiences with mental health issues has meant she is backing DNA Plan’s Emotional Wellbeing DNA Test, which looks at 16 genes associated with emotional wellbeing and positive performance.
Opening up about why she teamed up with DNA Plan, Anna said: “I’m a big fan of prevention in anything in our health.
“I think prevention is always better than cure in most cases, particularly with our mental health.”
She continued: “When I did the test it showed that I was predisposed to stress which is actually really helpful to know.
“If we know that certain bits of our make-up actually make us more vulnerable to certain perhaps emotional, mental health challenges, then it gives us a chance to actually do something about it.
“We can help develop coping strategies as a preventative measure, not as something we have to do to sort it out.”
“I think it makes perfect sense in this day and age,” she said.
“If there’s a test out there that can help us work out what our actual [genetic] make-up is about, it can give us that heads-up if we need to do anything to look after ourselves better.”