opened up about living with depression and the guidance that helped her through the most challenging days during an appearance on Lovato’s new talk show.
Lovato, in a clip first shared byThursday, spoke about an Instagram caption that Munn posted a few years ago that read: “But please listen to me ― from someone who is telling you that she’s been where you are ― when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE.” The post also offered international suicide prevention phone numbers and told followers, “One phone call could change everything.”
Revisiting the caption led Munn to share the advice that’s kept her going during some of her darkest.
“For people who deal with depression-like you and me ― and who can have― anytime you get to that place, and it seems like things are too tough and you just can’t take it anymore, just ask yourself if you can hold on another day,” Munn told Lovato in the emotional clip.
“Because, if you take your life, game over. It’s done,” “The Newsroom” actor said. “Youwhat will happen in 10 years.” “The pain is tough. I know, you know. We’ve been there,” Munn added. “But if I had ended my life when I wanted to, there is so much I would have missed.”
In thethat Lovato referred to, Munn told followers that she’d “lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life” and had worked to address it about a decade earlier. She said that being depressed didn’t necessarily mean someone wanted to die but that the “ongoing, relentless darkness” could become “too painful to endure anymore.”
“You don’t have toand depression to feel that low,” she added. “Something very sad or traumatic can happen to you just once to bring about that feeling of despair.” that anyone dealing with thoughts of self-harm should address them as soon as possible.
“If you are struggling with your feelings and you begin to think to yourself, ‘If I hurt myself, would that take the pain away?’ that is your first sign that something could be wrong,” Dan Reidenberg, executive director oftold HuffPost last year. “You might not engage in self-harming behaviors, but the idea that you have thought of it is your ‘yellow to talk to someone before it progresses to actual self-harm.”
People can also trywith a walk or watching funny TV as short-term solutions while trying to figure out what’s making them consider self-harm. The following steps should include telling someone you trust about your feelings and getting help from a professional.
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the . Outside of the U.S., please visit the for a database of resources. Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter.