After revealing his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts through his Instagram post earlier this month, Paulo Avelino admitted he has moved on from this challenging period in his life but has yet to really feel ready to totally open up about it.
“Well the biggest factor is time actually. It’s time. This has been several years ago, a long time ago. Actually it’s a bit awkward to talk about it pero I’ll share it eventually. And it depends kasi per person rin how you recover, how you cope up with that.
“But again we have experts for that. That’s why I’m also helping Hope Line because these people know what they’re doing,” he shared during the Mentos Complimentos media launch held in Taguig City.
(Warning graphic content, content that can trigger those who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses) RARELY do I share personal stuff on my social media accounts but I think its time I talked about this dark period in my life because I know that someone out there is going through the same thing. I want you to know that everybody has issues and sometimes you seeing other people have them will help you cope with your own. Years back I found myself in a place where I only saw one way out. I went through a spiralling journey of Depression and suicidal thoughts. Where everything seemed like nothing matters anymore. Locked myself at home, turned down almost every job that came in and shut myself off from work, friends, family, the world. I am introvert. And as an introverted person I was so used to keeping my thoughts to myself. Even when I wanted to share stuff, I truly didn’t know how to. I didn't know how to voice out all these feelings and thoughts inside me.So here I am sharing with you guys that even the people who appear to be okay or who seem to “have it all” might be going through their own struggles, fighting their own demons. Please, dont be afraid to reach out to your friends, family, and loved ones. Often times people will brush it off thinking it's nothing to be concerned about or it's a small matter. Don't be scared to voice out what you feel no matter how hard it is. Never lose HOPE. If you arent ready to open up to the people closest to you, you can also reach out and call hopeline
Paulo added he did not come out with his problems on social media to give advice but to encourage people with similar problems to seek help. “I can’t naman give a direct advice to someone because my experience is different from theirs and at the same time, I don’t know if it would help or if it could worsen someone’s case,” he said.
After recently participating in a social experiment to help launch Mentos Complimentos, The General's Daughter actor remarked he had to come out of his shell for the fun project with unsuspecting strangers.
“Well for me at first it was kind of hard. You guys know me,I don’t talk a lot (laughs). But when we had to do it continuously, it felt like it was natural. It felt good actually giving compliments to other people,” he recalled.