Sharon Johal has spoken about the “distressing” mental health “welfare check” she and her husband Ankur Dogra received from Scotty Cam on The Block Australia 2022.
During the September 7 episode, hosts Scotty and Shelley Craft approached this year’s TV “villains” as a part of a “welfare check“, but Scotty ended up going on a tirade, telling the duo to go home if they can’t hack the stressful conditions.
Sharon tried to explain that she and Ankur should be allowed to share their feelings without people like Scotty being “defensive”, but he was having none of it.
His combative reaction immediately raised red flags with The Block viewers, especially with the timely episode airing the night before R U OK? Day (September 8).
The Block’s Sharon Johal Addressed Her Mental Wellbeing While Promoting RUOK? Day
On September 8, the actress shared a detailed R U OK? Day infographic to Instagram, explaining she annually posts about the mental health awareness day.
In the caption, Sharon addressed the “hatred, character assassination, racial vilification and trolling” she has experienced on “a national scale” due to her negative portrayal on The Block.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that R U OK? Day falls at a time when we are not,” Sharon wrote.
She continued: “Many of you saw this on a national scale last night, and we thank all of you who have reached out in distress for what you saw, expressing your support and care.”
The actress admitted they “clearly weren’t okay” while on The Block and are still struggling with the trolling they’ve experienced, which has impacted both them and their loved ones.
Sharon revealed she and Ankur had sought their mental health support before urging anybody else is struggling to do the same.
“Please do not suffer in silence. Talk about it. Ask people if they are okay, not in a performative way, but for reals,” she said.
Sharon reminded fans that R U OK? Day doesn’t have to be a one-sided conversation, recommending people “ask for help”.
Sharon added that it was “absolutely okay to talk about how you feel”, regardless of gender.
The Block 2022 Fans Slam Scotty Cam’s “Disgusting” Mental Health Check
Fans took to social media on September 8 to call out Scotty for “railing” on Sharon and slamming The Block producers for airing a (should have been) private conversation.
The Block 2022 Mentor Shelley Craft Tried To Check In with Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra
Some Twitter users pointed out that Shelley genuinely wanted to check in with the former Neighbours actress and looked uncomfortable with Scotty’s confrontation.
Shelley told the duo that she felt “really, really sad” that they were struggling with the stressful conditions and appeared to genuinely ask if there was anything she could do to help them out.
If you or anyone you know is struggling and needs support, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14, both of which provide trained counsellors you can talk with 24/7. You can also speak with someone confidentially at Headspace by calling 1800 650 890 or chat online here. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.
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