While the internet brings us many good things, it also means that people in the public eye—especially women—face more scrutiny than seemingly ever before. And it can have a profound impact on mental health. Recently, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner opened up about her past struggles with depression, sharing that she experienced suicidal thoughts after getting negative feedback from fans in her teens.
In the April 16th episode of Dr. Phil’s podcast, Phil in the Blanks, Turner shared that going through puberty while acting on a hit series was difficult, and she dealt with cyber bullying about her weight, skin, and acting. She became depressed, struggling to leave her home and isolating herself (however, she clarified that while she doesn’t believe the bullying caused her depression—which she said resulted from a chemical imbalance—she does think it was a catalyst). She told Dr. Phil that she “used to think about suicide a lot” when she was younger.
Turner told Dr. Phil that she began going to therapy and taking medication to treat her depression, and she added that she gets support from her best friend, Maisie Williams, and her fiancé, Joe Jonas.
We’re glad that Turner took steps to care for her mental health and even more grateful that she’s sharing her experiences with suicidal ideation. Mental health issues have been stigmatized in our culture for too long, and we applaud those in the public eye who are helping to shine a much-needed light on these (very common) experiences.