After revealing his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts through his Instagram post earlier this month, Paulo Avelino said 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.
Paulo said 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 admitted.
After recently participating in a social experiment to help launch Mentos Complimentos, Paulo said 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.