Roxanne Pallett will speak at a mental health event as she returns to work this week.

Roxanne Pallett

Roxanne Pallett

The former 'Emmerdale' star - whose time in 'Celebrity Big Brother' last year was marred by controversy when she falsely accused Ryan Thomas of punching her - has announced her next job after taking time away from the spotlight.

She wrote on Instagram: "I'll be speaking at the Music For Your Mind event on Monday 13th May (for details click the link above in my bio) to help artists raise awareness & funds for mental health art therapy workshops. 'Although I'm extremely nervous, I know that sharing our stories, experiences, fears, flaws & recoveries are what can help the next person feel less alone. I hope to see you there. (sic)"

Following the 'CBB' scandal in 2018, Roxanne has only appeared on 'Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls' and 'Celebrity Coach Trip', with the latter being filmed in June.

The mental health event is said to be the first job she has booked since the controversy, after she lost both her job at Minster FM and her role as Cinderella in the Christmas pantomime in Chesterfield.

Roxanne, 36, recently opened up about her own struggles.

She wrote: "I was 16 when our family home went up in flames. It was traumatic to be trapped inside a burning house. Losing our home & all our belongings was one thing, but months later, cancer took my grandma who had raised me.

"It broke me. I didn't have counselling. Instead, struggling to cope with my grief & upset, I took measures into my own hands & naively overdosed on a handful of tablets from a school friend who told me it would numb the pain. (sic)"

Roxanne has also discussed an abusive relationship she was in at university, and described her career as "a cover" for the "awful episode" of her life.

She added: "In 2018 I had to put my pride aside & ask for help. I was diagnosed with PTSD & Panic Disorder. I'm now on medication & I see a specialist for EMDR & CBT therapy. I feel like I'm finally coming up for air.

"I now pause before reacting. I look to myself before others. I reframe. So many are misunderstood because of their mental struggles. Life breaks some of us more than others & it's down to us to put our pieces back together but we can't do that alone.

"We aren't lost, crazy, weird or toxic, we're injured. But mental injuries don't mend on their own. Please, if this is you, talk to your doctor. (sic)"