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 course, there are ways I could have handled that differently, I could have changed my language in particular, with things that I had said,” she 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, we were in lockdown for two years and they were just compounding each other,” 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 struggling with their mental health during that time, certainly people that I‘d spoken to were really struggling and I knew that there were quite a few people who felt the same way but they were too nervous to speak out about it,” Frost said.
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 don’t buy into it and I don’t really respect the cancel culture movement. I mean, we’re all human beings and does that mean we’re not making allowances for people to make mistakes, or if they say the wrong thing does that mean then that their career’s over?
“I don’t agree with that, and I think that we’re all human beings, we’re all the same and I don’t want to live in a society where we’re constantly thinking ‘I better not say this, just in case that’ and everyone’s constantly editing themselves.
“I feel like we should all be authentic and have room and space to have healthy conversations and talk about lessons, and instead of pointing the finger and being aggressive and saying ‘that’s it, you’re done’. How about creating space for lessons and growth, I think that’s more important than cancel culture,” Frost said.
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