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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she often thought about suicide

Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on Monday that they ‘often’ thought about suicide.

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Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about her own struggles with mental health.

On Monday, the 46-year-old actress shared emotional Instagram post reflecting on the recent death of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both of apparent suicide. Pinkett Smith said that they also dealt with suicidal thoughts and has many years of “healing.”

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something that we should practice daily, not only when problems arise,” she wrote. “We must care for our spirit and our spirit in the same way that we do our body. With the suicide of Kate and Anthony, it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had the same demise…often. In the past few years I have spent in the direction of my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and the heart can be very delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what the people that I surround myself with the amount of stress I and so on…, or contributing to or worsening my mental health.”

One thing that I have learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something that we should practice daily, not only when problems arise. We must care for our spirit and our spirit in the same way that we do our body. With the suicide of Kate and Anthony, it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had the same demise…often. In the past few years I have spent in the direction of my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and the heart can be very delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what the people that I surround myself with the amount of stress I and so on…, or contributing to or worsening my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It is a practice of deep self-love. Can 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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“Mental health is a daily practice for me,” she continued. “It is a practice of deep self-love. Can Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand… but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude, that I won.”

Pinkett Smith has spoken about her difficult childhood. In July last year, she made an appearance in 2017 Essence Festival and revealed the advice she would her 15-year-old self. The “Girls Trip” star said that she would “in principle tell myself that it’s OK.”

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“In 15 years old was rough, and I have a lot of pain from my childhood into my adulthood, that I am just now resolving,” she said. “The pain kept me around and I wish that I had known then that the pain is just a part of your journey and it is not because you have done something wrong or because you’re cursed or you’re a bad man, that we go through. We all have pain, we all have a story. And, so, all we have to do is support each other by and I wish that I know that, Jada, it’s just a part of the baby. It’s going well.”

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In a recent episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” they also talked about the differences between how they grew up, and the privileged upbringings of her 17-year-old daughter, Willow, and her 19-year-old son Jaden. The actress said she grew up in a violent environment and also used to sell drugs.

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“If you’re a parent, you have these great ideals, also for yourself, because we come into parenting with our own childhood traumas,” she told Willow and Jaden, as well as her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, while fighting tears. “And you hope you can fix all that by means of your own upbringing of your children, and you can’t. Your children are going to their burdens. And even though I can see how it would hurt, that is what I knew.”

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