With shows like 13 Reasons Why bringing it into the spotlight, mental health has been a hugely hot topic of late. Now Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has opened up about her own struggles with depression prior to working on the super-popular TV series.
In a series of tweets, the bubbly blonde - who plays Betty in the drama - opened up about the moment she found out the series had been picked up for it's first season.
“I cried tears of joy. In that moment I became a working actress with a steady job. Something I had been working towards for 7 years,” she tweeted. “And now here we are, gearing up to film season 2. And I could not be more grateful. Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end it completely saved me.”
“Since it's mental health awareness month, I figured it would be good to share that. I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love, And when I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me... To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless... do not f------ give up on yourself. You're all you've got. And you deserve the world. Your mental health should be your priority. Don't forget that. This is your life.. and you've only got one. So don't waste it by being sad.”
“You will get through whatever you're going through now. And you'll be so much stronger at the end of it. You're stronger than you know. I guess that ends my little rant. But I felt the need to put some love out into the world today. I encourage you to do the same.”
And while the 20-year-old was merely trying to be supportive to her 318,000 followers, some believed she was downplaying the seriousness of the mental disorder. In true Lili style, however, she clapped back to the haters, saying,
“Apparently everything I say is going to be taken the wrong way from this point on in my life. Which is disheartening that people want to make me a villain. So no... I in no way meant that depressed people should just "stop being sad."
She added, “I've dealt with depression my whole f------ life so obviously I know that. I'm saying find yourself some help. And don't wait for things to change. You have to go out and get that for yourself. You have to find your own happiness and be willing to get better.”
We think it's awesome that Lili is using her platform to spread awareness, and it just goes to show that even celebs aren’t immune to the struggle of mental illness.
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