Today, November 5, Paulo Avelino took to Instagram to open up about his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
The actor began with a warning, saying that he has posted graphic content that may trigger those who are suffering from depression and other forms of mental illness.
He went on by admitting that he rarely posts personal issues in all his social media accounts but believed it was time to talk about a dark period he went through in his life.
“I know that someone out there is going through the same thing,” he continued. “I want you to know that everybody has issues and sometimes you seeing other people have them will help you cope with your own.
The star of the recently-concluded The General’s Daughter then began opening up about his personal experience with depression and suicidal thoughts, describing it as a “spiraling journey” and “where everything seemed like nothing matters anymore.”
“Locked myself at home, turned down almost every job that came in and shut myself off from work, friends, family, the world. I am introvert,” he narrated. “And as an introverted person I was so used to keeping my thoughts to myself. Even when I wanted to share stuff, I truly didn’t know how to.”
He spoke of times when he did not know how to voice out his feelings and thoughts spiraling around his head and heart. He concluded by saying that he was sharing to let people realize that even people who appear to be okay might be going through their own personal struggles or fighting their own demons while reminding everyone to not be afraid of reaching out.
“Please, dont be afraid to reach out to your friends, family, and loved ones,” he concluded. “Often times people will brush it off thinking it's nothing to be concerned about or it's a small matter. Don't be scared to voice out what you feel no matter how hard it is. Never lose HOPE. If you arent ready to open up to the people closest to you, you can also reach out and call hopeline.”
This, however, was not the first time the actor opened up about his struggle with suicidal thoughts. Last August 1 on Twitter, Paulo opened up about his attempts of suicide when he talked about his friend who committed suicide a year ago.
He, then, proceeded to share the phone numbers of the Hope Line on Instagram.
The HOPE line is a 24/7 suicide prevention and emotional crisis phone line that, as described by their official website, “focuses on active listening techniques to offer caring nonjudgmental listening to our callers.”
In the Philippines, you can call the HOPE line via 804-4673 or 0917-558-4673.
Stay strong, Pau!
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