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Roman Kemp has been open with his fans about his mental health struggles.

The Capital breakfast show host also fronted a documentary for the BBC, Our Silent Emergency, following the passing of his best friend and radio producer Joe Lyons, who tragically took his own life last year at the age of 31.

But he said the biggest shock to viewers was that he admitted to taking antidepressants to help his brain, which he likened to other people using protein shakes before heading to the gym to bulk up more.

"What shocked me the most was people going, ‘Oh my God, you took an antidepressant on TV’ – that was the last thing I was worried about," he recalled to Fabulous.

Roman has likened pills for his brain as protein shakes for gym-goers

"In the same way geezers drink protein shakes and they go to the gym to make their bodies bigger, I have to take them to make my brain better. I have no shame about that."

Roman – who is the son of singer and actor Martin Kemp – has been open about his own mental health and admits it was a "selfish" decision to make the documentary, as it would give him a chance to access the people who could help him too.

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"I selfishly made that documentary for me because I felt like it would give me access to the people who I knew I wanted to go and speak to, to help myself," he added.

The 28-year-old Capital FM radio host goes to therapy "all the time" and says it is his way of trying to work on himself.

Roman tragically lost his best friend Joe Lyons last year

He explained: "I go to therapy all the time. It’s so important not to think that doing that means you’ve failed – that’s so messed up because it’s the opposite."

"Going there makes me mentally more stable than people that don’t. I’m trying to make it better."

The emotional BBC documentary has been nominated for a National Television Award, something which Roman admits is "overwhelming" for him.

Roman and his father Martin Kemp have both struggled with depression in the past

"It was Joe’s birthday the other day and I remember the day that the documentary came out I got really upset. It was like, this is about him and he’s not here," he said.

"When it comes to an NTA it almost feels like it’s just overwhelming because you just forget that thing that you went through was on camera."

* If you are struggling with mental health, you can speak to a trained advisor from Mind mental health charity on 0300 123 3393 or email [email protected]