Mel Greig has revealed she now suffers from ‘delayed PTSD’ 11 years after she was involved in a radio prank which ended in tragedy.
In 2012, the former 2Day FM announcer, 41, and her co-host Michael Christian were named in the suicide note of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
Now, over a decade after they impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles to prank the woman, 46, Mel has revealed she suffered from a ‘mental breakdown’.
‘I thought everybody was trying to kill me. For three weeks I was so paranoid, I was hallucinating. I’d wake up and see people standing at the end of my bed,’ she told 9Honey on Tuesday.
‘I suppressed it and suppressed it, and then I had an absolute mental breakdown. I ended up in a mental health recovery house for a week, and I was diagnosed with delayed PTSD.’
Mel Greig, 41, (pictured) has revealed she now suffers from ‘delayed PTSD’ 11 years after she was involved in a radio prank which ended in tragedy
Mel went on to say of her current mental health struggles: ‘Back then, I didn’t care if people did want to kill me, because I felt I deserved it. But now that I want to live, I’m reliving that trauma in a different way.’
The former radio host, who now works as a public relations and media manager after failing to find another job in radio, has been very open about her struggle with mental health since the tragic incident.
Mel and former co-host Michael, who has retained his career in radio, made headlines in 2012 when they impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to gain information about the Duchess of Cambridge during a hospital stay.
In 2012, the former 2Day FM announcer and her co-host Michael Christian (left) were named in the suicide note of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha
Days later, Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who took the call, killed herself, naming Michael and Mel in her suicide note.
While Michael continued to work for 2Day FM, Mel has since struggled to get back into radio after years of negative headlines, public scrutiny and feelings of profound guilt and regret.
‘I applied for over 100 jobs and got 100 no’s back,’ she told Mamamia last year of her attempt at a media industry comeback.
Now, over a decade after they impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles to prank the struggling woman Mel has revealed she suffered from a ‘mental breakdown’, reported 9Honey on Tuesday
‘A charity wouldn’t even take the risk of letting me work behind-the-scenes stuffing envelopes. I just wanted to do good things for my soul again, and no one was giving me that chance,’ she added.
But after finally scoring a gig at Illawarra’s Wave FM 96.5 in 2015, Mel quit after two years and now works as a public relations and media manager.
When asked by SBS Insight host Kumi Taguchi whether she was scared for own safety during the scandal, the shattered radio presenter replied: ‘I wasn’t scared for my safety because I thought maybe I did deserve to die for what I did.’
If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 46. In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000).