Audra-McDonald

Audra McDonald recently made history by racking up yet another Tony Award win.  But as a college student, McDonald struggled with mental health issues that led to a suicide attempt.

In a recent interview with ABC’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” the singer spoke about her battle wth depression which led to the suicide attempt.

“When I was at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt. I tried to slit my wrist,” the six-time Tony winner revealed, but she was able to find help from her school.

“When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves,” she explained. “[Juilliard] had a mental health facilitator there, a therapist there and they checked me into a mental health hospital where I was for a month and got me the help I needed.”

McDonald went on to say that antidepressants helped her in her recovery, as did the professional opportunities that followed after her hospitalization.


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Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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  • G

    I have always said that people who are suffering from depression and are suicidal are the greatest “tricksters”. Most people believe these people are happy, successful . . . etc. When the reality in their minds is much different. Pain, riddle with self doubt and mostly suffering alone. Rather than get professional help we stuff everything down, keep everything in. God bless this women fro coming forward and sharing her story . . . seeking professional help when one is in this state is vital

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    Also, I saw her give an interview on Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation show. She talked about suicide and other matters on that show as well. Sister Audra McDonald is courageous in talking about this issue. Her words can help others, because she has a large platform. She has worked in efforts to help numerous human beings too. It certainly takes a village (like family, friends, professional therapists, and other people in the community) to help individuals with depression.

  • I love her, she’s remarkably talented and on top of that a class act. Her speaking out about suicide is very courageous, especially in the black community. We need more brave-hearts like her.