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Jessica Marais has 'good people around her' following mental health battle

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Back in September Australian actress Jessica Marais confirmed she’d quit acting for the rest of the year, after pulling out of her Logies appearance in July due to undisclosed health reasons.

It was reported by The Daily Telegraph that the 33-year-old, who has previously spoken about her experience with bipolar disorder, was seeking treatment at a private mental health facility in Sydney at the time of the Logies.

Last week Jessica skipped another major Australian film and TV awards night, the AACTA Awards, but her Packed To The Rafters co-star Erik Thomson says the actress has the support network to get her through any health issues she may be facing.

Erik Thomson has spoken about his former Packed To The Rafters co-star Jessica Marais. Photo: Getty
Erik Thomson has spoken about his former Packed To The Rafters co-star Jessica Marais. Photo: Getty

“I’m sure she’s fine. She’ll be alright,” Erik told Yahoo Lifestyle, adding he hasn’t recently spoken to the actress, but he’s certain “she’s got a lot of good people around her”.

Jessica, who has most recently starred on Channel Ten’s The Wrong Girl, was nominated for a coveted Gold Logie earlier this year.

Just days ahead of TV’s night of night’s, the star’s management confirmed she wouldn’t be attending due to health reasons.

Jess is naturally disappointed, is grateful to TV Week and all the viewers who have nominated her for the Awards this year and wishes all the nominees and her friends a great celebration on Sunday night,” read the statement.

Jessica, pictured at the 2016 AACTA Awards in Sydney, pulled out of her Logies appearance earlier this year due to health issues. Photo: Getty
Jessica, pictured at the 2016 AACTA Awards in Sydney, pulled out of her Logies appearance earlier this year due to health issues. Photo: Getty

Then in September it was confirmed she would no longer star in her upcoming TV show, Bad Mothers.

“Jessica has decided to step away from acting for the remainder of 2018 to focus on her health and spend time with her family,” read a statement from her management.

“She is disappointed that she will not be a part of the Bad Mothers production with such an incredible cast and team behind it, but knows that it is important to take time out to maintain ongoing balance and wellbeing.”

The Australian actress shares young daughter Scout with ex James Stewart. Photo: Instagram/__jamesstewart__
The Australian actress shares young daughter Scout with ex James Stewart. Photo: Instagram/__jamesstewart__

Back in 2014, Jessica opened up about her battle with bipolar disorder.

At the time she said she wanted to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and allow for people to have an open conversation about different conditions, including bipolar.

The actress, who shares a six-year-old daughter Scout with ex James Stewart, shot to fame after starring on Packed To The Rafters from 2008 to 2013.

Jessica celebrated her one-year anniversary with boyfriend Jake Holly earlier this month. Photo: Instagram/jakeholly_
Jessica celebrated her one-year anniversary with boyfriend Jake Holly earlier this month. Photo: Instagram/jakeholly_

While dedicated viewers of the show have since asked for the Channel Seven series to return, Erik Thomson, who played Jess’ onscreen dad Dave Rafter, is “in two minds” about the family drama coming back.

“Sometimes some things are left better as a fond memory as opposed to trying to recreate the magic that we had,” he told Yahoo Lifestyle. “You’re playing with fire, you could get burnt.”

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

She shot to fame on Channel Seven family drama Packed To The Rafters. Photo: Channel Seven
She shot to fame on Channel Seven family drama Packed To The Rafters. Photo: Channel Seven

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