Gab Valenciano took to social media to share an appreciation post for those "who kept his heart beating" when he was struggling with his mental health, as he marked Suicide Prevention Month.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Gab thanked the Lord, his family, friends, loved ones, and everyone else who was there for him during a dark time in his life because of his mental health problems.
"I just want to say thank you. Thank you to every single person who raised me up. I appreciate you because there were points in my life where I just didn’t know where to go. But there you guys were, lighting the way. To my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to my family, my friends, my loved ones (and those who visited and messaged who I wasn’t able to include in this post) and even complete strangers who encouraged me through every social platform, thank you," he began.
"With every hospitalization, every realization, every lesson learned, every misstep and every big and small battle won, I am living the life I need to be living right now and I am exactly where I need be," he said. "I am far from perfect and I have a very long way to go, but I am excited to strive, to aspire and to reach for as many stars as I can. I am excited to see where this insane adventure of a life takes me and in turn, help others achieve wonders, dream wildly and live a purpose-driven life."
Gab went on by expressing his love and gratitude to those who helped him reach this point.
"Again, there are not enough words. Thank you to each and every person who helped me get to this point. I will never, ever forget. I am alive because of you. I love you all with all I ever was, all I am and ever will be," he said.
Gab, the son of Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan, has made no secret of his mental health struggles. In an interview with CNN Philippines in 2019, the 33-year-old performer and director revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
"I isolated myself and kept it all in until one day it just exploded," he said at that time. "And so that is why I am very open about it now because I do not want anybody to have to go through that."
Meanwhile, in his post, Gab also shared an inspiring message for those who are currently struggling with their mental health.
"Surround yourself with people who celebrate you when you win, and lift you up when you lose. I found my happy thoughts and they’re all right around the corner," he said.
"If I can do it, so can you," he added.
* If you or a loved one is in need of help, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has trained respondents to properly deal with those in need. Contact the hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727) / 0917-989-8727. You can also contact Hopeline Philippines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673), 2919 (Toll free for Globe, TM)