Sky Sports reporter Abigail Davies, 32, opens up on suicidal thoughts and battles with anorexia after revealing she visited the Priory before working on the Darts World Championship

  • Sky Sports’ Abigail Davies has revealed her battles with mental health problems 
  • She discussed suicidal thoughts and dealing with anorexia in recent weeks
  • Davies worked at the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace this month

Sky Sports reporter Abigail Davies has opened up on her battles with suicidal thoughts and anorexia after revealing she visited a mental health facility before the Darts World Championship.

Davies is a familiar face on the channel and is often seen reporting live from football games, as well as darts events and interviewed the players following Luke Humphries’ victory over Luke Littler at this year’s final. 

The 32-year-old presenter decided to speak out on her mental health following the end of the latest tournament at Alexandra Palace, revealing she had visited a mental health hospital in December to help her cope with suicidal thoughts and a battle with anorexia. 

In a candid post on X, Davies said she was opening up on her own struggles for anyone else ‘in the same boat’. 

‘Went to The Priory the day before the [World Championship] started. Final [question] before I left: “Can you promise you’ll keep yourself alive over Christmas?”

Sky Sports reporter Abigail Davies has opened up on her battles with suicidal thoughts and anorexia 

Davies is a familiar face at darts events and football grounds

She said she was speaking out to help others who are 'in the same boat'

Davies – a familiar face at darts events and football grounds – said she was speaking out to help others who are ‘in the same boat’

Davies spoke to Humphries on stage on Wednesday after his World Dart Championship victory

Davies spoke to Humphries on stage on Wednesday after his World Dart Championship victory 

‘So yeah, proud for doing what I needed to do, to deal with anorexia/suicidal thoughts. Posting this for everyone in the same boat. We’ve got this.’ 

Davies started at Sky Sports in 2017 as a runner before working her way up to becoming a reporter – taking up work with BBC, ITV and talkSport as a freelancer.

She has been a staunch advocate for mental health – having struggled with an eating disorder when she was younger. 

In 2022, Davies posted a picture of herself working for Sky at a Swansea game, which made her reflect on her difficulties as a teenager.

’15yo me left a psychiatric unit for an evening to watch the Swans,’ she wrote. ’90 mins where I was consumed by something other than anorexia/depression. From that night, watching the Swans gave me a reason to fight… Today I’m covering them for Soccer Saturday. This means so much to me.’

Davies revealed she had left a mental health hospital in December - just before working on the World Darts Championships

Davies revealed she had left a mental health hospital in December – just before working on the World Darts Championships  

Last summer, Davies was moved when former Gillette Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling gave an emotional message about eating disorders.

‘Eating disorders are being swept under the carpet,’ he said in his passionate address. ‘No one should be dying of an eating disorder in 2023. Those with eating disorders need action and help, and they need it now.’ 

Davies said Stelling’s message meant the world to sufferers of eating disorders, saying it would be a huge help to people who are ‘at a point of crisis’.  

‘I can’t describe how great it is to have someone like Jeff talk so eloquently and passionately about a topic like that when it feels, to me and many other sufferers, that nobody wants to listen, that nobody cares or gives it the time of day,’ she said, speaking to The Mirror.

Davies has been a staunch mental health advocate and hailed former Sky Sports colleague for speaking out about eating disorders last summer

Davies has been a staunch mental health advocate and hailed former Sky Sports colleague for speaking out about eating disorders last summer 

‘I think having Jeff opening that conversation, and to see the reaction it had on social media and so many millions watching it, that meant more to so many of us that he would have even known at the time,’ says Davies.

‘We are at a point of crisis at the moment, and I think that has to override everything personally. It just hits home when you see that people are being offered end of life care for a mental illness in 2023. I would have been one of those people.

‘Someone has to raise their head above the parapet and it seems to be Jeff. He’s using his words to great effect, and it was fantastic to see that so many people from the footballing community wanted to help and get behind this cause. 

‘I’ve watched that video back about 10 times, and I’ve cried every time.’ 

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