TEEN Mom alum Farrah Abraham revealed to fans in a new video that she was “deeply depressed and suicidal” in the past and help from doctors has been very important in her life.
The 29-year-old reality star said she’ll forever grieve the loss of Derek Underwood, the father of her daughter Sophia.
Posting to her Instagram Story, Farrah opened up about how she’s been feeling the last few weeks since the 12th anniversary of Derek’s death in late December.
She wanted to continue to share her story about dealing with the loss because she realized “there’s a lot of sadness going on” right now with a lot of people, and she wanted to give whatever advice she could.
“I just wanted to say, over the years, I’ve shared so much of my life when I have been deeply depressed, suicidal, probably mentally ill because of it,” the Teen Mom began.
“And there’s so much that I’ve learned about myself through my teens to my 20s.”
The TV personality continued: “I just share every year online, like this past year, it’s been 12 years, going on 13, how loss feels. It’s not pretty, it’s not like you’re gonna get over it. It’s none of those things.
“I think, as there’s millions of people who go through suicidal thoughts, depression, it’s really hard. It’s something that you sometimes need support for.”
What’s been helpful for her, Farrah revealed, is going to her therapist and “all these doctors” that she has around her to help guide her.
“It’s beautiful to take care of your mental health,” she said. “It’s beautiful to understand that emotions are healthy.”
Farrah added that even feeling heartbreak is great because it’s good to be “vulnerable” and to be open to whatever your body and mind are feeling.
After learning how important mental health is, the mom of one said she’s searching for a professional for her 11-year-old daughter Sophia to talk to, as well.
She wants her child to have someone separate from her family that she can speak to, in order to best “focus on her health and her well-being and her development.”
The Teen Mom encouraged any of her fans and followers going through a difficult time to reach out for help and seek a professional.
After posting the video to her feed, as well, Farrah added in the comments of the post that she’s sharing this “after chatting with family, friends and others through the years about suicide, depression, and bereavement that most didn’t understand on all the tv shows I shared my life with.
“Still to this day people still don’t understand a large part of our society & for those who feel this right now I hope my note lifted your spirits today – Stay blessed & live your life fully ❤️🕊”
In 2009, the first season of MTV's 16 and Pregnant, which featured Farrah in the cast, premiered.
While the show was in production the year before, her ex boyfriend and the father of her daughter, Derek, died in a car accident in December 2008.
Sophia was born a few months later on February 23, 2009.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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