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Lalla Hirayama has bared her soul about having suicidal thoughts due to depression

TV personality Lalla Hirayama has bared her soul about suffering from depression which led to her having suicidal thoughts
Taking to social media Lalla opened up about how, before she was diagnosed, she felt like she was “possessed”.

Lalla spoke out as part of Mandela Day with the aim to help destroy the stigma attached to mental issues and encouraged other people to the same.

“Speaking about mental issues is important. Spreading awareness and destroying the stigma it carries could help save lives,” she said.

Lalla told her 183 000 Twitter followers that she is not ashamed about revealing that she suffers from panic and anxiety attacks, and encouraged other sufferers to seek help.

“Even if you don’t have money. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group is there to help. Pain is real but so is hope. No one is alone,” she added.

She said that people shouldn’t suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to mental disorders
“Depression has been a big part of my life. But that’s ok. Before diagnosis, I thought I was being possessed. Suicide was a serious thought. Don’t suffer in silence because of other people’s ignorance,” Lalla added.

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