After the tragic loss of a family member, Kapamilya actress Nadine Lustre courageously revealed in a recent Instagram post that she also suffers from depression.
“It may come as a surprise to you but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day,” she says. “I have days where I’m just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused…”
In her long post, Nadine also shared advice on how to handle depression. She also encouraged those who are struggling like her to be strong and not “think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop.”
“If you ever hit rock bottom, don’t be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones. If anyone understands and cares about what you’re going through, it’s 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,” she writes.
“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,” she furthers.
Nadine then admitted that she almost took her own life before but she is now thankful she did not. The actress also advises to think of great things that can happen to one’s life.
“I almost did it before and I’m so thankful that I didn’t do it, because If I did, I wouldn’t be living the life that I have now,” says Nadine.
“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,” she adds.
Alongside her lengthy message, she also published a series of snaps of her teenage brother Isaiah who reportedly took his own life in their home in Quezon City. She expresses how much she will be missing him, and that she is proud of him and his knack for words.
“I’m so proud of you. Never knew you had such talent with words. I’m happy to have read all of your entries and discover that you have such a beautiful mind,” she says.
“I’m gonna miss your face and miss hearing your corny jokes. I wish you stayed with us longer. I am keeping my promise and we will still travel the world together. No more crying. Happy Birthday, Dude,” she furthers.
Nadine also shares that her brother’s fate made her stronger.
“Thank you for opening my eyes and making me braver. I know now that whatever challenge I will have to face, I will be able to pull through because of you,” says the actress.
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