Jameela Jamil is opening up about her mental health struggles with the hope that she can inspire others who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts to get the help they need.
“Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay,” she wrote in the tweet. “This month, 6 years ago, I tried to take my own life. I’m so lucky that I survived, and went on to use EMDR to treat my severe PTSD. I urge you to hang on just a bit longer and ask for help if you need it. Because things can turn around. I promise.”
In a followup tweet, Jamil wrote, “There is so much work to do in Improving awareness and mental health care, and we need to further de-stigmatize the conversation around asking for help. While you’re gathering the strength, I recommend the work of @matthaig1 @Ayishat_Akanbi and @scarcurtis ALL my love to you.”
Jamil has previously opened up about some “traumatic” experiences in her life, such as anorexia in her teens, a car accident that bound her to bed for a year when she was 17, anxiety, depression, and being raped in her 20s. The star then developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but a type of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helped her recover.