Olivia Munn Just Posted a Powerful Message About Suicide On Instagram
The actress opened up about her battle with suicidal thoughts and is urging other people to seek help if they can relate.
In the wake of the tragic suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the sharply rising suicide rates in our country, actress Olivia Munn opened up about her own battle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts on Instagram.
"I have lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life," Munn wrote alongside a post listing international suicide hotlines. She explains that she sought mental health help about 10 years ago, which has helped her immensely. (Actress Kristen Bell recently opened up about struggling with anxiety and depression as well.)
Although she's learned to cope with her depression and anxiety, Munn also revealed that she's dealt with suicidal thoughts several times in her life. "For those who don't understand depression, when someone is in that place it's not because they want to die... it's because the ongoing, relentless darkness is too painful to endure anymore," she wrote.
Munn also issued a plea to those struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Please listen to me-from someone who is telling you that she's been where you are-when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE," she wrote. "With suicide, there's no do-overs. Please try every single option you can before making a choice that cannot be undone."
According to the CDC report, the number of suicides has increased by more than 30 percent in half of the states in the U.S., and more than half of the people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental health condition.
Commenters on Munn's post emphasized the need to talk about suicide and mental health on a larger scale. (Related: Facebook Added a New AI Feature to Detect Suicidal Messages)
"I have suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts and was always ashamed. Thank you for letting me know that others are going through the same," one user wrote.
Another commenter said: "I work in the funeral industry and see the impact suicide has on families, friends, and the entire community. I sat with a family this week trying to deal with and understand what went wrong. The impact lasts for generations. It was heartbreaking. There is help."
If you're unsure where to start (or don't have access to a mental health professional), the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers resources to help you manage mental health issues and get through a crisis.
If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.