The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik has shared a video powerful message for Suicide Prevention Month, encouraging people to talk and to ‘break the stigma’.
The actress, who played Amy Farrah Fowler in the CBS sitcom, uploaded a two-minute video to her YouTube channel where she revealed she’d been ‘touched by suicide very, very directly and closely’.
‘There’s nothing more important than talking about it, removing the stigma around it,’ Mayim told the camera. ‘It’s really hard to know what to say.
‘We need to remove the stigma surrounding this. We need better access to help so that people can get help. That’s it. I don’t know what else to say.’
Mayim concluded the video saying: ‘Please take care of yourself, especially during this quarantine. Those of us who struggle are struggling even more.’
She added that she’ll continue to speak out about suicide to honour the family members and loved ones she’s lost in her life.
Captioning the video, Mayim penned: ‘Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it. I’ve lost people very close to me whom I loved deeply to suicide.
‘I know the heartache and unresolved unfathomable pain it brings.💔 If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK, visit NAMI.org, or text NAMI to 741-741 for help.
‘The world is a better place with you in it. Do not hesitate.’
Mayim has been flooded with support since posting the video earlier this week.
‘Talking about suicide helps those of us that have been to that point rethink our plans and get to a better place,’ one fan wrote on Instagram. ‘Thank you for saying something.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Thank you for speaking up for the ones that are not longer here and for some of us that still find it hard to talk about it when those unwelcome thoughts cross our minds!
‘ You are truly amazing! 👏❤’