Australian TV legend Andrew Denton has revealed his own “debilitating” struggle with mental health. 

The 58-year-old told Mamamia he was forced to put his career on hold during the peak of his powers in the mid-90s due to a breakdown. 

“I had started a new two-nights-a-week live show at Channel 7,” he said.

“I was only probably about six weeks into it, and I had to step away. I was close to having a breakdown. 

“That was the first time I was introduced to medication, which doesn’t solve your problem, it just gives you a ladder to climb out of the hole,” said the father-of-one. 

He has since become an advocate for mental health and learned to deal with his own negative thoughts and anxiety.