If you decided to go to bed early last night, or have been under a rock for the past 12 hours, you probably won’t have seen Wentworth Miller’s Facebook status in which he targets fat shamers.
In it, the Prison Break star speaks very honestly about his history of depression, which included his darkest moment back in 2010, the year the following snap was taken.
“In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to,” he wrote.
Since posting the status, it has racked up 100,000 shares, 350,000 likes and has made the front page of pretty much every news website you can think of.
The British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor, who has struggled with his demons since the age of 5, then urged others with depression and suicidal thoughts to contact the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. But this isn’t the first time the Princeston graduate has spoken publicly about his mental health issues.
Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner back in 2013, he said: “The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills”
In the present, Wentworth is back to his fit self and is ready to start filming the new series of Prison Break, in which he plays well known lead character Michael Schofield alongside on-screen brother Dominic Purcell.
And the reaction to last night’s message was pretty phenomenal.
He got quite a response on Twitter, too.
Yes @WentworthMiller !! Beautifully said. Please take a moment to read this – great words from a great actor/writer. https://t.co/UgqmQZ4wSeAdvertisement
— Sophie Skelton (@SkeltonSophie) March 29, 2016
Utmost respect to Wentworth Miller for hitting back against fat-shaming. https://t.co/S7VTw91rSN
— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) March 29, 2016
This is tragic and beautiful all at once. Good for you, Wentworth Miller. You are an excellent human. https://t.co/3dOpUaTXVq
— Julie Plec (@julieplec) March 29, 2016
There is certainly a long way to go when it comes to tackling the issues of mental health, and it goes without saying that many, many people don’t fully understand depression. And until we do, or at least make a much bigger effort to learn, the rapid growth of social media will continue to be a dangerous place for the vulnerable.
Wentworth Miller, however, has shone some light on the matter, and the response he has received is very well deserved.
Have you ever contemplated suicide? Feel like you have nobody to speak to about your issues? There are plenty of websites and helplines available at every hour of the day. Check out Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) or call the Samaritans on 116 123.
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