Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she’s ‘often’ contemplated suicide

Cape Town - An emotional Jada has opened up about her struggle with mental health.

Following the apparent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, the 46-year-old took to Instagram to reflect on how she dealt with her suicidal thoughts many years ago.

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise,” Jada wrote.

“We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. 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.”

The American actress, who launched her live-streaming show Red Table Talk earlier this year, went on to talk about the journey she embarked on to heal herself.

“In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realised 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. 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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At an appearance at the Essence Festival in July last year, the mom of two revealed the advice she would give to her teenage self, Entertainment Tonight reports.

“At 15 years old it was rough, and I brought a lot of pain out of my childhood into my adulthood that I’m just now dissolving.

“That pain held me back and I wish I’d known then that pain is just a part of your journey and it’s not because you’ve done something wrong or because you’re cursed or you’re a bad person, we’re all going through it.

“We all have pain, we all have a story. And, so, all we need to do is support each other through it and I wish I’d known that,” she said.

SADAG runs the only toll-free suicide crisis line in SA: 0800 567 567 (open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m.).

For more information on depression and handling mental health visit Health24.

Sources: usmagazine.com, dailymail.co.uk, etonline.com