In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Gabrielle Union got candid about the horror she went through. As part of The Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign, the talented actress talked about her PTSD and how she managed to pick up the pieces and heal.
In a home video shared by E! News, Gabrielle stated: ‘I am here to tell you I am a PTSD survivor, thriver, bad-a**, MF-er. I was diagnosed with PTSD at 19 after I was raped at gunpoint and I did not let it stop me.’
‘I did not want it to define my entire life, and it does not have to. Asking for help, needing help does not make you weak or less worthy of love or support or success. You can be anything you want. PTSD is not a death sentence.’
This is not the first time Union has mentioned being sexually assaulted.
In her tell-all titled We’re Going to Need More Wine, the Hollywood actress wrote about being raped at gunpoint while working at a shoe store.
Gabrielle wanted to make her ordeal known so that people who went through something similar would be comforted that they are not alone.
In her new video, she went on to reinforce that idea by saying: ‘You do not have to stand alone or feel isolated. There’s so many of us out there who are dealing with what you are dealing with right now, and it does not make you weak. It doesn’t make you anything other than human.’
‘You might even become a successful actress and best-selling author and be dope because that is what you deserve.’