Actress opens up about struggles with mental health

A popular American actress has opened up about her experiences with depression and warned people that “we should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body.”

Nutty Professor star Jada Pinkett Smith, who is perhaps best known as the wife of Hollywood actor Will Smith, has opened up about the “feelings of despair” she has encountered over the years.

In a heartfelt post on social media site Instagram, the star paid tribute to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, both of whom have recently taken their own lives following long-running struggles with depression.

“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,” Ms Smith said in her post.

“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.”

The star added that there are numerous factors in day-to-day life that can affect a person’s mental health.

“[In my case] 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 contributes to or deteriorates my mental health,” she said.

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