Jared Padalecki reveals he sought help for ‘dramatic suicidal thoughts’ in 2015
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Jared Padalecki reveals he sought help for ‘dramatic suicidal thoughts’ in 2015

Jared Padalecki has spoken candidly about his mental health and how at one point he had “dramatic suicidal thoughts.”

The “Supernatural” star, who appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the “I’ve Never Said This Before” podcast with his wife Genevieve, said he checked himself into a clinic at the time and still experiences periods of depression to this day.

“It was 2015,” Padalecki said. “I had a really tough time.”

“I let my thoughts take over and I went into a place of dramatic suicidal thoughts,” he added. “I called my wife and she said, ‘Come home.’ So I went home, went to a clinic for a few weeks, got it checked out and I haven’t had a suicidal thought since. Not for a moment.”

The actor previously told Variety that he was filming Season 3 of Supernatural when he “broke down” on set and was recommended treatment for depression by a doctor. Padalecki, who had just days earlier launched a mental health campaign, has canceled all upcoming events.

While he attended Comic-Con that same year, where he was met with an outpouring of support from fans, Padalecki said Tuesday that he was “still going through ups and downs” with depression. He was “heartbroken” in 2021 when “Supernatural” dropped him from the spinoff after 15 years on the CW series.

The channel also recently canceled the series “Walker” starring Padalecki after four seasons.

“Today is the worst,” he said. “I feel good — nothing to worry about. But I feel a lot of sadness about it. I know it’s going to be okay because I talk about it with you, I talk about it with Gen, I talk about it with my friends.”

Jared Padalecki reveals he sought help for ‘dramatic suicidal thoughts’ in 2015Jared Padalecki reveals he sought help for ‘dramatic suicidal thoughts’ in 2015

Jared and Genevieve Padalecki in 2014. Phillip Chin/WireImage/Getty Images

Padalecki also noted that he spent more than a decade in Hollywood before his mental health issues became apparent, and said that people at “auditions or the red carpet” expect a certain energy from him — not an honesty about being tired or feeling “weak.”

“I’ve done this for so long, trying to focus on what’s best for the person talking to me instead of just being honest,” he said Tuesday, adding: “Please be open, please share, please find someone, whether it’s a friend or a professional, and speak your truth.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org for mental health support. Also, local mental health and crisis resources can be found at dontcallthepolice.com. Outside the United States, visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

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