Rather than sweeping it under the rug and pretending his life was on track, Jackson told the hundreds of thousands of people who follow him on Instagram what's really been going on behind the scenes, admitting there was a point in time where he was so broke, he couldn't afford to go to the dentist.
"I just thought instead of making up an excuse that made things sound rosy I'd be honest and throw up a post breaking the mask I put on and let people know that everyone struggles mentally and it’s ok to talk about your feelings," the 26-year-old says. "It's been a crappy few months but there’s always a bigger picture and positives you can take from it. It’s ok to talk to your friends about how you're feeling And what you're struggling with."
In his lengthy Instagram post, Jackson wrote: "During this time I’ve met people I otherwise wouldn’t have, discovered and developed skills I never would have, gained a network of friends and support I never would have, learnt a new level of resourcefulness, built some epic things with some extraordinary people and realised that what I’m going through isn’t really that bad."
He continued: "If you’re struggling with something it’s ok to talk about how your feeling with your mates and family we all have struggles. I'm excited for whatever lies around the corner and determined as ever, watch this space!"
Determined to break the stigma that has a firm grip around mental health, Jackson says he's now using his platform to promote awareness.
"I think there’s a stigma around it that I feel needs to be broken. We all have ups and downs and struggle mentally with different things whether your a stage performer or a labourer. So why should it be taboo to talk about it?"
“The reality is for me, sponsored Instagram posts weren’t sustainable enough and I really wanted a full time job/career.”
"After we stopped filming, I was in bed for about a month so I was just full of anxiety. As soon as I went outside there were panic attacks, stuff like that. It was unfortunate," she revealed. "Then, after it [the series] aired, I had a total meltdown and basically stayed in bed for a month."
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