Jada Pinkett Smith Pays Tribute to Anthony Bourdain & Kate Spade, Talks Mental Health In New Instagram Message

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Jada Pinkett Smith at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 25, 2015 in Hollywood, Calif.

The tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef/author Anthony Bourdain last week have inspired a number of prominent entertainers to open up about their own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. In one of the most revealing stories to emerge so far, Girls Trip star Jada Pinkett Smith posted photos of Spade and Bourdain on Instagram along with a heartfelt, honest message about the seriousness of monitoring your mental health and reaching out for help when things seem their bleakest.

"One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise," wrote Smith. "We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on... either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health."

On Monday (June 11), actress Rose McGowan spoke about what she described as Bourdain's "intermittent deep depression" and determination to figure things out on his own and not necessarily take his doctor's advice. "Sometimes we are stuck in the unknowable, and that is where we are now, a massive wave of darkness that threatens to swallow everyone in its wake," she wrote.

For Smith, focusing on mental health is a daily practice, one that the actress said she's glad to have discovered. "It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace," she wrote. "Many may not understand... but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through."​

Both Spade, 55, and Bourdain, 61, reportedly suffered from depression and both are reported to have died by suicide. 

 

One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise. We should take care of our mind and spirit in the same way we do our body. With the suicides of Kate and Anthony it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise...often. In the years I spent towards my healing, many moons ago, I realized the mind and heart can be extremely delicate without the foundation of a formidable spirit. What I eat, what I watch on TV, what music I listen to, how I care for my body, my spiritual practice, what people I surround myself with, the amount of stress I allow and so on... either contribute to or deteriorate my mental health. Mental health is a daily practice for me. It’s a practice of deep self-love. May Kate and Anthony Rest In Peace. Many may not understand... but I do, and this morning I have the deepest gratitude that I pulled through. . Love.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.