Her new documentary Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum aired on ITV, on Tuesday evening.
And, viewers were left in tears as they praised the actress for ‘breaking the taboo’ on maternal mental health as she allowed cameras to follow her during her journey to motherhood,.
Sheridan, 39, who welcomed son with fiancé Jamie Horn in May, candidly discussed fears that her mental health issues could resurface during her pregnancy, and wanted the documentary to help other women.
Inspiration! Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum viewers were left in tears on Tuesday, as they praised the actress for ‘breaking the taboo’ on maternal mental health
The actress had an emergency caesarean when her baby arrived early this summer, while the country was in lockdown.
Cameras followed the star as she attended her first scans, pre-natal classes and sessions with a specialist therapist Dr Alain Gregoire, as well as at home with Jamie.
She said: ‘It’s such a huge thing to have a baby. I would hate for the wheels to come off during pregnancy or post pregnancy.
‘There are so many women out there who feel the same as me, who are just as scared as me, and we need to go and get some answers.’
Breaking the taboo The actress, 39, who welcomed son with fiancé Jamie Horn in May, wanted the documentary to help other women struggling with their mental health
Sheridan has been incredibly open about her struggles with mental health following the death of her father Colin in 2016.
Sheridan’s eldest brother Julian was diagnosed with cancer in childhood and tragically died aged just 18 in 1990.
In the documentary Sheridan recalled how she performed songs and danced to entertain him when he was unwell.
She said: ‘No-one knows really what’s going on behind it all. The biggest worry, you’ve had mental health issues in the past, will it rear its ugly head again?
Viewers were overwhelmed by the impact of Becoming Mum, and took to Twitter to reveal that they were in tears as they thanked the star for her bravery, and hailed her as an ‘inspiration.’
One person tweeted: ‘Sheridan I absolutely adore you. Crying already,’ while another wrote: ‘I’m crying at the opening title sequence of #becomingmum I love Sheridan so much.’
‘Totally just had some tears then when @sheridansmith1 was talking about her brother #becomingmum,’ confessed another.
‘@sheridansmith im already holding back the tears. always loved watching your shows, love how real and honest you are.
Raw and real: Sheridan candidly discussed fears that her mental health issues could resurface during her pregnancy as she allowed cameras to follow her during her journey to motherhood
‘From someone with mental health I want to say thank you x #sheridansmithbecomingmum #becomingmum,’ tweeted one grateful viewer.
‘Watching #becomingmum I’ve cried loads already has somebody who has gone through anxiety and depression it really does scare you to speak out of fear of losing your kids but it is ok to admit you are not ok and need help,’ added someone else.
One fan of the show tweeted: ‘@Sheridansmith1 I am currently watching your programm Sheridan Smith: Becoming mum. You are an inspiration.
‘I had my children many years ago and there was no understanding for new mums and their trials and tribulations x well done on bringing awareness xx.’
Emotional: Viewers were overwhelmed by the impact of Becoming Mum, and took to Twitter to reveal that they were in tears as they thanked the star for her bravery
Someone else wrote: ‘Sheridan Smith, ITV on now, Becoming mum. Refreshing , honest and supportive insight about pregnancy and mental health.
‘Well done Sheridan for highlighting the worries, anxieties and experiences of pregnant women. Xx.’
‘#Becomingmum is such important tv breaking the taboo on maternal mental health. @sherdiansmith1 is so brave and honest,’ tweeted another viewer.
Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum airs on Tuesday September 1 at 9pm on ITV.
Thankful: Others hailed Sheridan as an ‘inspiration’ over the documentary