In honor of mental health month, Riverdale star Lili Reinhart took to Twitter to share her personal battle with depression.
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary since she discovered that Riverdale was getting picked up for a full season. The CW show was also recently renewed for a second series, ahead of its season finale episode on May 11th. In a series of reflective tweets, the actress shared how the show helped her overcome depression.
She continued, explaining that she felt compelled to share her personal mental health journey to destigmatize the topic during mental health month. She attributes getting over the hump to hard work and encourages her followers to not let depression get the best of them.
Despite the well-intentioned tweets, not everyone was so happy with her statements. Some expressed frustration that they felt the Twitter rant shamed individuals with clinical depression.
Reinhart responded in an attempt to clear the air.
Depression is a complex and personal journey. Many people struggle with the mental condition throughout their lives, and, the truth is, different outlooks and strategies work for different people. Clinical depression obviously can’t be cured for everyone with a mantra, but at the same time, holding a specific intention or way of thinking about one’s own depression might be helpful to that person. Let’s hope that Lili and her fans continue to discuss the issue in a positive, open way.