Taraji P Henson reveals she contemplated suicide during the pandemic

Taraji P. Henson.
Taraji P. Henson.
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  • Taraji P. Henson says she thought about "just end[ing] it all" amid the pandemic.
  • The actor spoke candidly about her mental health on her new Facebook Watch series Peace of Mind with Taraji.
  • "For me, I'm no professional, but I felt like, if I don't say it, it becomes a plan," she said, adding that speaking about it to a girlfriend helped.

Taraji P Henson is opening up about having suicidal thoughts amid the pandemic.

The host of the Facebook Watch series Peace of Mind with Taraji recently interviewed Tamar Braxton about her attempted suicide earlier this year, and is now opening up about her own mental health.

"For a couple of days, I couldn't get out of the bed, I didn't care. That's not me," she said, talking to co-host Tracie Jade and licensed psychologist, Dr LaShonda Green. "Then, I started having thoughts about ending it," the Empire star said, explaining she'd recently purchased a gun and thought: "'I could go in there right now, and just end it all.'"

The actor added that she did consider her son, Marcell Johnson, and thought: "'He's grown, he'll get over it.'"

Taraji said talking about it while opening up to one of her girlfriends is what helped her.

"For me, I'm no professional, but I felt like, if I don't say it, it becomes a plan," the Oscar nominee said. "And what scared me, is that I did it two nights in a row. And the thoughts kept coming. Now I started to think about how. At first, it was like, I don't want to be here. And then I started thinking about going and getting the gun. And that's why when I woke up the next morning, and I blurted it out. Because I felt like after a while, it was going to take over me, and it was going to become a plan because that's how strong my brain is."   

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can be reached at: 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

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