Monique Fontana has opened up about her struggle with mental illness after revealing last year that she she suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The vet technology student spoke about her battle and how her AFL star partner Patrick Cripps has helped out during her recovery as she attends regular therapy.
‘I’m happy to be open about it, I reckon there’s a lot who suffer with OCD traits, but you get too embarrassed and don’t get diagnosed,’ Fontana told The Daily Telegraph.
Honest: Monique Fontana has spoken candidly about her mental health struggles and how her AFL star partner Patrick Cripps helps her
‘It’s nice to have a diagnosis. It can be really debilitating and exhausting. It’s good to get it managed and under control. I do dialectical behavioural therapy and that’s kind of been a life saver,’ she continued.
Monique says many people think she lives a ‘glamourous life’ because she’s dating a footballer, but she says that perception is completely false.
Ms Fontana explained there’s a ‘stigma’ surrounding her condition, which has sometimes resulted in criticism directed towards her.
Opening up: The footy WAG says she’s ‘happy to be open about it’ and says there’s ‘a lot who suffer with OCD traits but you get too embarrassed and don’t get diagnosed’
The footy WAG has had several spells in hospital because of her OCD, with the most recent admission being at the start of 2021.
She is now on the road to recovery and has been helped by her partner, Patrick Cripps, who she claimed is ‘very emotionally intelligent’ and ‘can pick up when I’m suffering’.
‘He’s a relaxed person himself. He’ll book me a psych and he’s proactive in that way. It really helps to have a supportive partner. He’s doing a postgrad in psychology and he’s enjoying learning more, it’s something he’s passionate about.’
Partners: Ms Fontana is now on the road to recovery and has been helped by her partner, Patrick Cripps, who she claimed is ‘very emotionally intelligent’ and ‘can pick up when I’m suffering’
The couple recently returned to Melbourne after spending a few months in Perth to relax and catch up with family.
Monique hopes to ‘spread awareness’ about her OCD as other mental health sufferers battle in silence.
She added that many don’t treat mental health issues with the same seriousness as other health conditions and stressed that illnesses like hers are ‘just as important’.
Sending a message: Monique hopes to ‘spread awareness’ about her OCD as other mental health sufferers battle in silence