Jada Pinkett Smith Admits She ‘Considered’ Suicide in Honest Instagram Post

June 14, 2018 Last Updated: July 24, 2018

Last week, the sudden deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain highlighted the issues of suicide and mental health. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith also opened up publicly about her own struggles. 

On Monday June 11, Smith posted a side-by-side picture of both Spade and Bourdain along with her thoughts about the importance of mental health. 

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. 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. 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. 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. . Love.

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

Suicide rates in the US have been steadily increasing for years, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US. In 2016, 44,965 deaths resulted from suicide compared to 44,193 in 2015.

Many things such as biological factors, life experience, or a family history of mental health problems can affect people psychologically. In addition, due to the growth of the digital age, more people are putting a toll on their mental health by spending hours on social media. It can lead people to have symptoms of anxiety and/or depression as they are more prone to cyberbullying and comparing themselves to others.

Feels good to be back ✨

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Mental health problems can affect how people think, feel, and act. It also determines how they react to things such as how to handle stress, how they deal with relation to others and how they make decisions. 

Almost everything a person surrounds themselves with can affect them. 

“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,” the actress said.