A lot of people are struggling with mental health problems but a small number actually talks about it or seeks help. Influential people have fortunately started to open up, bringing more awareness to the issue. The latest celeb to get candid about their suicidal tendencies is Jada Pinkett Smith.
Following the tragic deaths of both Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade by suicide, the actress took to social media to share with her followers a very emotional message.
Jada confessed that she has spent years recovering from her suicidal thoughts as well.
‘One thing I have learned in life over the years is that mental health’s something that we should practice every day, not just when issues arise. We should take care of the mind and spirit in the same way we do our body,’ she started her Instagram post.
‘With the suicides of Kate and Anthony, it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on… either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health.’
She went on: ‘Mental health is a daily practice for me. It is a practice of self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many might not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through.’
Jada has been very open about her family and personal life before.
Last July, while in attendance at the Essence Festival, she also talked about her troubled childhood.
‘At 15 years old it was very rough, and I brought a lot of pain out of my childhood into my adulthood that I am just now dissolving. That pain held me back, and I wish I’d known then that pain’s just a part of your journey and it is not because you have done something wrong or because you are cursed or you are a bad person, we are all going through it. We all have pain, and we all have a story. And, so, all that we need to do is support each other through it, and I wish I had known that Jada, it is just a part of it, baby. It’s going to be OK,’ she shared at the time.