Grant Denyer and actress Jessica Marais bond over mental health struggles3 min read

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Actress Jessica Marais, 33, skipped the TV Week Logie Awards to address ‘urgent’ issues at a private mental health facility in Sydney.

And when Grant Denyer, 40, spoke passionately about his own personal struggles during his Gold Logie acceptance speech, the Wrong Girl star praised the winner.

Speaking to TV Week Up Close on Thursday, Grant shared: ‘She said it helped and moved her. It meant the world to me.’

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'She said it helped and moved her': Grant Denyer (ABOVE) has bonded with actress Jessica Marais over their mental health struggles after she praised him for speaking about his past during his Logies acceptance speech in July 

'She said it helped and moved her': Grant Denyer (ABOVE) has bonded with actress Jessica Marais over their mental health struggles after she praised him for speaking about his past during his Logies acceptance speech in July 

‘She said it helped and moved her’: Grant Denyer (ABOVE) has bonded with actress Jessica Marais over their mental health struggles after she praised him for speaking about his past during his Logies acceptance speech in July 

The 40-year-old presenter alluded to his stint in a Thai health facility in 2013 as he admitted he had been ‘very unwell’ and ‘in a hole’ before Family Feud came along – and credited the recently-axed Channel 10 show with ‘saving him. 

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‘I didn’t really want to single her (Jessica) out that night and add any unnecessary pressure in what is surely already a difficult situation for her… But the words I chose were for anyone in that type of situation,’ he added.

However, Jessica took to social media to thank Grant for his words, writing: ‘Your speech moved me to tears. And gives me strength. Courage in the quiet battle. Congrats, mate.’

'Your speech moved me to tears': Jessica took to social media to thank Grant for his words

'Your speech moved me to tears': Jessica took to social media to thank Grant for his words

‘Your speech moved me to tears’: Jessica took to social media to thank Grant for his words

Grant told the publication he reached out to Jessica after the ceremony in July and has been talking to the star over the past two months. 

Grant went to Thai health clinic for chronic exhaustion in 2013 and Cheryl, who had been dealing with PTSD and anxiety issues resulting from Grant’s condition, accompanied him.

Referring to the tough time, he said: ‘Family Feud is important, it came along for me in my life at a time where I really wasn’t quite sure if I would ever work again or if I wanted to.’ 

Struggling to hold in the tears, he continued hesitantly: ‘I wasn’t very well. I was pretty sad and a bit lost and I was in a bit of a hole.

Jessica won Most Popular Actress at the 60th TV WEEK Logie Awards in July, but pulled out of the awards ceremony at the last minute. 

Jessica is a mother of one, sharing six-year-old daughter Scout with ex James Stewart, 42, who appears on soap Home and Away.

She recently credited boyfriend Jake Holly for giving her ‘hope’ and support during her four-week stay in the mental health facility.

Road to recovery: Jessica recently credited boyfriend Jake Holly for giving her 'hope' and support during her four-week stay in the mental health facility

Road to recovery: Jessica recently credited boyfriend Jake Holly for giving her 'hope' and support during her four-week stay in the mental health facility

Road to recovery: Jessica recently credited boyfriend Jake Holly for giving her ‘hope’ and support during her four-week stay in the mental health facility