Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Suicide Attempts

The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain from suicide have brought up a lot of dark ruminations from fans and celebrities alike. 

Jada Pinkett Smith is the latest to speak out about mental health. 

In an Instagram post, the 46-year-old reminded others that mental health is a “daily practice.” 

“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,” she wrote. “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. 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 contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love.”

Pinkett Smith continued, “May 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.”


Oprah Winfrey also encouraged people to live their lives more fully. 

“Every death is here to remind us of our own life and the value of it,” Winfrey, 64, told Extra. “So what will come of these deaths in sequence like this, the suicides, is a more open desire to talk about it. There are lots and lots of people who have not been forthcoming because they are ashamed still of talking about mental illness in their family and mental illness in people around them, but it is serious and it is real.”