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Jameela Jamil tried to take her own life six years ago: I'm so lucky that I survived

Jameela Jamil Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 11, 2019, 02.46 PM (IST)

As it was World Mental Health Day on October 10, actor-activist Jameela Jamil revealed that she tried to take her own life six years ago as she struggled with mental health issues. 

She published a tweet detailing how she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

She said that she is “lucky” to be alive and wrote, “Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. This month, six years ago, I tried to take my own life. I’m so lucky that I survived, and went on to use EMDR to treat my severe PTSD.”

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy that is used to help people who have suffered from traumatic experiences.

Jamil added that those who are unsure where to turn to for help with mental health issues should “hang on just a bit longer.'' She said, “Ask for help if you need it. Because things can turn around. I promise.”

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In a second tweet, Jamil stated that there is “so much work to do in improving awareness and mental health care. We need to further de-stigmatise the conversation around asking for help.”

Several people responded to Jamil’s tweet, some thanking her for her message and others opening up about their own mental health struggles.