Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Considered Suicide ‘Often’

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Jada Pinkett Smith shared an emotional message about mental health as she reflected on the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

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

The actress revealed the deaths of handbag designer Spade and celebrity chef Bourdain “brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise…often.”

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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Pinkett Smith currently hosts Red Table Talk, a popular Facebook series, with daughter Willow Smith and her mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

The Girls Trip star has been open on the series about her tough childhood in Baltimore, as well as the challenges she has faced as a wife and mom.

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In her Instagram post, the 46 year old said the deaths of Spade and Bourdain brought back memories of her own struggles, adding that it took a long time to heal.

“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,” she said.

“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,” she concluded.

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A housekeeper found Spade’s body in the fashion designer’s New York City apartment on June 5. The chief medical examiner later ruled her death a suicide by hanging, according to The Associated Press. Spade was 55.

Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his hotel room in France three days later. Authorities told local journalists the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown host also hung himself.

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