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Taraji P. Henson Reveals She Thought About Taking Her Own Life Earlier This Year

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Benjamin Gentles | December 2020 | Nochillinmzansi

“For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of the bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me” she said in the latest episode of Peace of Mind with Taraji

The actress opened up about the dark place she was in amid the ongoing pandemic, talking about how she had thoughts about taking her own life, in conversation with Dr. LaShonda Green, a licenced psychologist.

Taraji said: “For a couple of days, I couldn’t get out of bed, I didn’t care. That’s not me.” She continued in conversation, saying “I started having thoughts about ending it”, as she explained that she had recently purchased a gun and considered using it, saying “I could go in there right now, and just end it all”.

She continued on, saying she “didn’t care” about leaving her 26-year-old son Marcell, that her son will not be affected over her death, she said “He’s grown, He’ll get over it. I didn’t care. I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding, I didn’t care.” She said that she has finally spoken to her friends and opening up about how she was feeling and how it helped her overcome them.

She went on further in the conversation explaining that “for me, I’m no professional, but I felt like, If I don’t say it, it becomes a plan.” She continued by saying “and what scared me, is that I did it two nights in a row. And the thoughts kept coming. Now I started to think about how. At first, it was like, I don’t want to be here. And then I started thinking about going and getting the gun and that’s why when I woke up the next morning, and I blurred it out” in her discussion with Dr. LaShonda Green.

Green then reassured Henson that having such unhealthy thoughts is “absolutely normal”.

Watch the episode below:

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