Sam Frost, the former actress of Home and Away, has spoken up about her mental health struggles and some of the lessons she’s learned from living in the spotlight in a new book called Believe.
Frost rose to stardom as a Bachelor contestant, then tried her hand at breakfast radio before winning a position on Home and Away. However, she came under fire last year after a contentious Instagram post about her COVID vaccine apprehension.
Frost, however, started her own website, Believe, in 2020, which focuses on mental health and well-being and was also the inspiration for the new book.
Frost appeared on The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur to discuss her book and the hostility she faced after sharing a video in which she expressed her views on the COVID vaccine.
“(The book) is about mental health; I relate personal anecdotes and my sister assisted in the writing.” We provide her recommendations and genuine advise on how to get through difficult times because she is a youth mentor.
“It’s more realistic, I like to think,” she said. “Sometimes it’s a little cliche, stuff you’ll see on Instagram, but it’s like from someone who’s lived it, this is what’s helped me and hopefully it’ll help others.”
Frost reflected on the impact from the Instagram video she posted in October 2021 that sparked great controversy as she admitted she was afraid to acquire the COVID vaccine.
“Of sure, there are ways I could have handled it differently,” she explained. “I could have modified my language in particular, with things I had said.”
“I believe there is a valuable lesson to be gained from that.” Also, I believe that those who were unsure about the vaccine needed to know that they weren’t alone, therefore I believe it accomplished that purpose.
“I think COVID and the whole pandemic compounded each other for two years,” she explained.
Frost stated that sharing her ideas had aided in providing comfort to people who shared her worries.
“I think a lot of people were battling with their mental health at that time,” Frost said. “Certainly folks I’d spoken to were really struggling, and I knew there were a lot more people who felt the same way but were too afraid to come out about it.”
Sam was questioned if she thought she had been “cancelled” as a result of the bad comments she received in response to her provocative post by Morning Show host Gillies.
“I’m not a believer in it, and I’m not a fan of the cancel culture movement.” I mean, we’re all human beings, so does it mean we’re not allowing people to make errors, or does it mean that if they say the wrong thing, their career is over?
“I disagree, and I believe that we are all human beings, and that we are all the same, and I don’t want to live in a world where we are constantly thinking, ‘I better not say this, just in case that happens,’ and when everyone is constantly editing themselves.”
“Instead of pointing the finger and being harsh and saying, ‘that’s it, you’re done,’ I believe we should all be real and have room and space to have healthy conversations and talk about lessons.” “I think it’s more important to create space for lessons and growth than to eliminate culture,” Frost remarked.