Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about her suicidal thoughts during a recent interview.
The Duchess, 41, attended the Ripple of Hope Gala in New York last night, Tuesday 6 December, alongside Prince Harry. The pair received an award for their fight against structural racism and mental health issues.
Speaking on stage to John F Kennedy's niece Kerry Kennedy, Meghan said that she spoke out about her suicidal thoughts because she wanted people to know that they are never alone.
Meghan first revealed her suicidal thoughts in her and Prince Harry's 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking at the Ripple of Hope Gala, she said: "It wasn't an easy decision to make, as you can imagine.
"When you've been through anything that's challenging, and everyone, especially in the past few years with lockdown and COVID, that spike in numbers of people having an experience they might not be voicing."
She added: "We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, just speak honestly about your own experience.
"It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you're not alone because I think that is often what can be the largest hindrance when you feel that way, you don't see a way out."
Meghan revealed that she was worried that if she didn't speak about her thoughts something tragic would happen.
She said: "I knew that if I didn't say it, then I would do it. I just didn't want to be alive anymore.
"But ultimately, if you feel like there's someone else that has a lived experience and they've gotten to the other side and gave an example of resilience, an example of 'there is a happy ending', I think that's what most people are probably seeking out in those moments.
"And that's why I made the decision to just say 'if my experience can help someone else not feel the same way or to know that there's hope then it's worth every second of whatever comes with it.'"
Prince Harry also said that more people should be open about their stories as it could help others. He stated that many are dealing with challenges, especially since the coronavirus pandemic.
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