Sarah Gandy announces that she is saying goodbye to The Hits

Publish Date
Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:30AM

The Hits has sadly had to say goodbye to the amazing Sarah Gandy.

Sarah joined the crew this morning to reveal that she is moving on from The Hits and is set to start a new chapter in her life.

"The not so great news is that I have to say goodbye to you guys today," Sarah said on air. "As much as I would love to be here with you guys …"

Talking about her time away over the past few months, Sarah revealed that she has been battling with her mental health after experiencing a panic attack in October.

"I’ve been sick and it’s been pretty nuts," Sarah said. "Quite a few weeks ago now I had a huge panic attack before work … and it was not good."

"I just didn’t come right, in fact, I just got worse and worse and that turned into a really intense bought of anxiety and depression."

"I was just so far from myself," Sarah continued, "so I just had to take some time to deal with it."

Thankfully, Sarah found herself some really great doctors who helped her find some tools to help her work through it all.

As for the future, Sarah has some exciting things in store, including an amazing Christmas trip to New York City, but says she isn’t too sure what 2019 will bring her way.

"I don’t actually really know what next year holds me if I’m going, to be honest," Sarah said, "but I’m excited about it and I’m not leaving bitter."

Sarah has worked in radio for close to 18 years and will be greatly missed. We are so happy that she has been able to work through and overcome her struggles with anxiety and depression.

Where to get help:

 Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
 Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
 Youthline: 0800 376 633
 Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
 Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
 Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
 Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
 Samaritans 0800 726 666
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