Olivia Munn on Overcoming Depression and Suicidal Thoughts: ‘There’s So Much I Would Have Missed’

Olivia Munn spoke candidly with Demi Lovato about her experience overcoming suicidal thoughts. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Demi Lovato and Olivia Munn take a deep dive into their experiences with depression and anxiety.

In a preview of the first episode of episode The Demi Lovato Show, a 10-episode series premiering July 30 on The Roku Channel, Munn shares how she copes with suicidal thoughts.

“People who deal with depression, like you and me, who can have suicidal thoughts, whenever you get to that place and it seems like things are too heavy and you just can’t take it anymore, just ask yourself if you keep it up another day,” Munn said.

“Because if you take your life, game over,” she said. ‘It is over. You don’t see what will happen in 10 years. The pain is really heavy. I know you know. We’ve been there. But if I had ended my life when I wanted to, I would have missed so much. And that’s worth staying for.”

Munn was not shy in the past and spoke bravely about her journey to mental health.

“I’ve lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life. 10 years ago I tackled it, learned to fully understand it, and haven’t felt the dark depths of depression in about a decade,” Munn wrote on social media. media in 2018, in the wake of the suicide of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain.

She continued: “For those who don’t understand depression, if someone is in that place, it’s not because they want to die … it’s because the constant, relentless darkness is too painful to bear anymore. You don’t have to suffer from anxiety and depression to feel so low. Something very sad or traumatic can only happen to you once to trigger that feeling of despair.”

Lovato, who uses she/she pronouns, has also used her platform to discuss mental health issues, particularly in the LGBTQ community.

The singer elaborated on her mission to raise awareness for mental health in an April 2020 appearance on The Tonight Show.

“The importance behind taking care of your mental health, it’s so important right now because we are now alone with our thoughts,” she said told Jimmy Fallon. “Some of us are home alone, some people don’t have family with them, they don’t have pets and so they really are just them and their minds. And those voices in your head can get really loud. I call them roommates. And, you know, the roommates in your head, they can be just as annoying as a real roommate.”

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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