William Wragg has said he is taking a short break from his duties as an MP as he is suffering from a period of severe depression and anxiety.
The Conservative MP for Hazel Grove, who is chair of the public administration committee, revealed his struggles in a statement on Twitter titled “banishing the black dog”.
He said his staff would do their utmost to help constituents who contact his office.
Wragg wrote: “I have lived with depression and anxiety for most of my adult life. At the moment, both are severe.
“I am resisting the temptation to give up entirely. As such, I require a short break. I know that how I feel is far from unique. I would say to anyone who feels similarly, that they should speak to someone they trust, seek and accept support.”
He added: “Do not assume those who are outwardly confident and successful are without doubts and despair”.