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Sharon Osbourne Shares She Made Multiple Suicide Attempts

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Sharon Osbourne has never shied away from discussing her mental health, and Tuesday’s episode of “The Talk” was no different. The talk show co-host briefly discussed her depression and multiple suicide attempts.

Osbourne, like others living with a mental health condition, often uses humor to cope. “I was joking about this but I shouldn’t,” she said talking about her multiple suicide attempts. “I’m still here. I still do what I do and you struggle. I wish everybody could think flowers and daisies and princesses, but you can’t.”

This isn’t the first time Osbourne mentioned her depression on the show. In 2014, she revealed she’s been taking medication to treat depression for 16 years.

“Some days are better than others, and some days you feel like you just want to pull the sheets over your head and just stay in that bed and not do a damn thing — except rot,” Osbourne said back in 2014.

Osbourne took a five-week leave of absence from “The Talk” in 2016 after her family put her in a mental health facility following a mental health-related episode. During that time she said group therapy helped her recover.

“I was doing too much of everything,” she said, adding:

My brain just totally fused and I just couldn’t cope with anything. My family put me into a facility and in this facility, they diagnose you, there’s therapists, psychiatrists and you do a lot of group therapy. And I found for me that the group therapy was the best thing that I could do because there were several people suffering with what I was suffering.

Osbourne spoke to “Access Hollywood” following the episode, and said that period was a “very low point” in life and that she was “frightened” by her intrusive thoughts.

“These thoughts coming into my head and pictures and people’s faces and I couldn’t control my head, but I couldn’t verbalize it,” she said.

Osbourne has also expressed worry that her children — Aimee, Kelly and Jack — might end up struggling with mental illness. “I always [am] afraid that my kids [will] get my depression because my mother was a big-time depressant, and I am too,” she said on “The Talk.”

When it comes to what works for her, Osbourne acknowledged that looking at the positives in her life helps.

“It’s an ongoing battle, so it’s an ongoing thing of realizing how blessed you are and what you got to be happy about in the day, and I have so much,” she said.

If you are struggling with suicidal ideation, know that you’re not alone and there is help available. Join The Mighty’s mental health community or check out these articles from people who have been there:

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Eva Rinaldi

Originally published: May 1, 2019
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