Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Had a Nervous Breakdown

Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk (Credit: Facebook Watch)

Jada Pinkett Smith says she suffered a mental health crisis after finding success and achieving all of her goals.

The Girls Trip actress opened up about her personal challenges on the Friday, Nov. 13 episode of Red Table Talk.

During a discussion with The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil about secret struggles, Pinkett Smith said she struggled with rage and sorrow.

“[I] got a level of success, pretty much had got everything I had asked for, and had basically what I believe is a nervous breakdown and also was suicidal,” Pinkett Smith said. “It’s happened twice in my life. And I found out the same thing, that it was all based upon repressed rage. I was sitting on so much rage that was covering my sorrow and despair.”

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Jameela Jamil told Pinkett Smith she also struggled with rage and tried to take her own life.

“Eight years ago… I tried to kill myself because I had a nervous breakdown,” she explained. “It was the second time I tried and I thought, ‘Well, I’m just gonna do it again if something huge doesn’t change– if everything doesn’t change.’ And so I decided to try and figure out my trauma, what had taken me to this low point.”

Jamil said she got professional help and learned she suffered from severe depression.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, or would like emotional support, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S. at 800-273-8255.

The full episode of Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk is below.