Katie Price has discussed Priory stint with her kids: They are very switched on

Katie Price has been “honest” with her elder children about her terrifying mental health struggles and experiences in rehab.

The mum-of-five praised her elder kids for being “switched on” as she explained to them how poor mental health is an illness just like a physical one.

The 44-year-old went straight to The Priory in October last year after being spared an immediate jail term despite going on a booze and drugs binge before flipping her BMW on a country road.

Speaking about the ordeal, she said: “In general I’m honest with my kids about everything, with the older ones. The younger ones, no because you don’t need to discuss that.

“My kids know that poor mental health is an illness. It’s the same as any other illness. It’s an illness and you can’t see it, and a lot of people have it for any kind of reason.”

Her frank conversations with her clan come as she opens up about her mental health struggles in new documentary Katie Price: Trauma and Me where she talks about her attempt at suicide, how she lives with PTSD and her daily battles with the "demo" inside her.

She added: “I said to the children, being in The Priory when you’re sitting round in a circle and you hear some people’s stories – and sometimes you sit there and think, 'Are you only in the Priory because of that? That’s a breeze. If you lived through what’s happened to me you wouldn’t be able to cope!'

“So mental health, it doesn’t matter how big or small a problem is. If it’s big to someone it’s big to them. It’s just different.

"They’re fantastic, they’ve been brought up in the industry and are very switched on about everything. There’s no worry."

In the new Channel 4 documentary, the former glamour model reveals how her mental health struggles led her into a destructive downward spiral.

Set to air on September 8, it picks up after the star's horror drink-drive car crash last year, with the opening scenes showing Katie getting ready for court, where she narrowly avoided jail and was handed a 16-week suspended sentence and a two-year driving ban.

The model credits her children – Harvey, 20, Junior, 17, Princess, 15, Jett, nine, and Bunny, eight, as the only thing that kept her alive when she felt suicidal.

But elsewhere in the show, Katie says she is 'heartbroken' as her mental health struggles led to a string of bad choices which resulted in her being able to see her two youngest children Jett, nine, and Bunny, eight, less.

Back in June, Katie avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to breaching a five-year restraining order against her ex-husband Kieran's Hayler's fiancé, Michelle Penticost.

Katie’s mum Amy, 69 – who is living with terminal lung illness – and stepdad Paul also open up about their daughter’s struggles on the show.

Katie is currently having weekly therapy sessions as she continues her recovery programme.

Katie says: “I owe it to myself and my children to get better and never allow myself to go into such a dark place again.”

If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123.

Katie Price: Trauma and Me airs Thursday 8 September, 9pm on Channel 4


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