Nadine’s Open Letter to People Suffering from Depression

  • October 13, 2017

After days of being mum as she and her family mourn the loss of her beloved brother Isaiah, Nadine Lustre has finally broke her silence and shared on Instagram a long message in which she unveiled her own experience of depression.

“It may come as a surprise to you but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day.

I have days where Im just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused..

I felt like I was just looking in someone else’s life through a window.

Feeling bad cuz I am not enough and everything that I do and will do will never be enough.
Its not easy.

I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it.

Im thankful that Im blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind.
Family who will always be my strength.
Friends who will always pull me up.
Love who will always guide me.”

Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know… ✧@andreisuleik

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In 2015, Nadine suffered from depression amidst getting wonderful opportunities and having countless of successful projects with James Reid. “I was feeling depressed. Basta personal. It’s not with my career. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t know who I am anymore. I constantly feel like I’m on the verge of breaking down. I feel like my mind is going crazy, and if my mind is an ocean, my thoughts are a tsunami. I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate, I can’t even think straight. I am a mess. I’m coming apart at the seams and it scares me,” revealed Nadine to ABS-CBN’s entertainment reporter Gretchen Fulido two years ago.

In the post that the 23-year-old actress published on October 12, Thursday at around 09:00PM, she also wrote a series of advice which appears to be an open letter to someone who’s battling depression.

“If you ever hit rock bottom, dont be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones.
If anyone understands and cares about what you’re going through, its them.
You are who/what you say you are.
If you think you’re weak, you will be weak.
If you tell yourself you are not worthy, you will be unworthy.
But, if you say you’re strong, you will be strong and If you tell yourself you can do it, you can do anything.
The ONLY validation that you will ever need is one from yourself.
If you’re HEARTBROKEN, cry it out, okay.. and then STOP.
Pick yourself up and dust it off.
He/She ain’t the last person on earth.
Trust me when I tell you that you will find someone else… meant for you and who will better you.
I didn’t believe that before either, but here I am now. 
DONT EVEN think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop.
ITS OKAY to be sad.
ITS OKAY to feel pain.
ITS OKAY to be vulnerable.
We are made to have emotions.
Dont be afraid to let it out.

Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch.
I almost did it before and Im so thankful that I didn’t do it, because If I did, I wouldn’t be living the life that I have now.
Stay with us because life is beautiful.
#KeepGoing ;”

Nadine recently made an announcement on her IG account for people to respect her family’s grief and give them privacy.

On Tuesday, Nadine and James posted a photo of a semicolon on their personal IG accounts in observance of the World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day is observed every 10th day of October. Its overall objective is to raise awareness about mental health issues all across the globe. A semicolon (;) is used by a faith-based non-profit organization in the States named Project Semicolon which symbolizes efforts to urge people suffering from depression to seek help. It also conveys a message that suicide is preventable.

Related: Nadine Lustre to Her Late Brother Isaiah: “I wish you stayed with us longer”