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Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Having Suicidal Thoughts 'Often'

Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Having Suicidal Thoughts 'Often'

Jada Pinkett Smith is opening up about mental health and making the brave reveal that she had, at one time in her life, had suicidal thoughts “often.”

The 46-year-old actress revealed on her Instagram account in a tribute to Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, who both died from suicide last week.

“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. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love,” Jada wrote. “May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through.”

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  • lulubelle

    Shut up, Jada. Those who knew him, called him Tony, not Anthony. This thirsty beeyotch will jump on any bandwagon for attention.

  • Casey C

    how to make other peoples pain all about you. gross

  • Silly People

    Jada can’t seem to stop talking about herself. She should see a therapist for her narcissism. She’s as bad as Rose McGowan.

  • Sansa Squad

    Idk, I think it’s pretty powerful for other people struggling with suicidal ideation to hear from someone who’s survived it. I feel like so often we only hear/talk about suicide when we lose someone to it, and it’s encouraging to hear from someone who made it out the other side and is doing okay.

  • KS_in_TP

    This woman. She will say ANYTHING to bring attention on herself and/or her children. Mainly herself, but her children by extension. She has become a vulgar, vile, embarassing woman.

  • KS_in_TP

    This is the same woman who just revealed that her grandmother taught her to masturbate and orgasm at age 9, and that she happily encourages her teen daughter to do the same. God only knows when she taught Willow. Just because Willow is 17 now … I suspect Jada had that talk long before now.

  • Sansa Squad

    And…? I’m just grateful Jada is alive to regale us with her often bizarre & sometimes upsetting personal anecdotes – it’s better than the alternative. My point was, hearing that someone survived suicidal ideation (regardless of how you feel about them) is reassuring to those struggling with it.

  • Casey C

    true, but her wording here is largely self-serving. ‘without formidable spirit’ reads like those that do succumb to suicidal thoughts are weak. that she had one and so survived and thus that don’t are weak in spirit, rather than ill. in the space of about 5 sentences she uses ‘I’ about 12 times. and then setting herself apart from other people that she understands but many won’t. while that’s perhaps true, mental illness is still stigmatized, it can read as self-congratulatory, that she knows what lesser people dont’. at the core there might be a decent message, but the wording and the fact she is heavily associated with Scientology (no matter what she said on the matter, numerous people have come forward that yes she was a scientologist, including her teachers at ‘church’) a ‘religion’ that doesn’t treat depression (oh wait, vitamins and doing good works because yeah that’ll do it) and is anti-medication, makes this ring poorly for me and clearly for others

  • Casey C

    true, but her wording here is largely self-serving. ‘without formidable spirit’ reads like those that do succumb to suicidal thoughts are weak. that she had one and so survived and thus that don’t are weak in spirit, rather than ill. in the space of about 5 sentences she uses ‘I’ about 12 times. and then setting herself apart from other people that she understands but many won’t. while that’s perhaps true, mental illness is still stigmatized, it can read as self-congratulatory, that she knows what lesser people dont’. at the core there might be a decent message, but the wording and the fact she is heavily associated with Scientology (no matter what she said on the matter, numerous people have come forward that yes she was a scientologist, including her teachers at ‘church’) a ‘religion’ that doesn’t treat depression (oh wait, vitamins and doing good works because yeah that’ll do it) and is anti-medication, makes this ring poorly for me and clearly for others

  • Sansa Squad

    That’s fair – and now that you mention it her noting that she was strong enough/found it within herself to overcome it, without mentioning getting any kind of professional/psychiatric help, does have seriously sinister Scientology vibes to it. Even though I appreciate her (and anyone else who’s struggled with this) speaking out on it, her wording is definitely not the best.

  • Sansa Squad

    That’s fair – and now that you mention it her noting that she was strong enough/found it within herself to overcome it, without mentioning getting any kind of professional/psychiatric help, does have seriously sinister Scientology vibes to it. Even though I appreciate her (and anyone else who’s struggled with this) speaking out on it, her wording is definitely not the best.

  • Sansa Squad

    That’s fair – and now that you mention it her noting that she was strong enough/found it within herself to overcome it, without mentioning getting any kind of professional/psychiatric help, does have seriously sinister Scientology vibes to it. Even though I appreciate her (and anyone else who’s struggled with this) speaking out on it, her wording is definitely not the best.

  • Sansa Squad

    That’s fair – and now that you mention it her noting that she was strong enough/found it within herself to overcome it, without mentioning getting any kind of professional/psychiatric help, does have seriously sinister Scientology vibes to it. Even though I appreciate her (and anyone else who’s struggled with this) speaking out on it, her wording is definitely not the best.

  • Lewisbieber

    she wants you in scientology

  • KS_in_TP

    My point was she’s an attention-seeker who will say anything to put focus on herself or her children. I don’t necessarily believe all of her “timely” personal anecdotes.

  • KS_in_TP

    My point was she’s an attention-seeker who will say anything to put focus on herself or her children. I don’t necessarily believe all of her “timely” personal anecdotes.