The ‘Paper Towns’ star explained:
I really wanted to do well at school to please my parents, to please my family. I didn’t really care that much about school because I knew I was never going to be very good at it. I think I pushed myself so far, I got to the point where I had a bit of a mental breakdown.”
It’s tough being a kid when you aren’t all that academically inclined! School is what you do: for more creative people, I can see where it’s tough.
Cara said she even began to consider suicide.
I got to the point where I was a bit mad. I was completely suicidal, didn’t want to live anymore. I thought that I was completely alone. I also realized how lucky I was and what a wonderful family, wonderful friends I had, but that didn’t matter. I wanted the world to swallow me up, and nothing seemed better to me than death.”
Luckily, she had a lot of support, including going to counseling. That’s where she discovered her love of writing.
It was like, I would write and I would read what I’d written, and it was like someone else is talking to me… it was like, ‘What? Is that how I feel?’ It was a very strange experience.”
Cara is speaking out so that other girls will know that help is available and mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.
I have so many messages in terms of young girls and how mental illness in terms of depression is not something to be ashamed of. You’re not alone. You’re not an alien. My message has always been to accept yourself no matter what, to love yourself, to embrace your flaws. I think flaws are things that make us special. The cracks within us are the beautiful parts that need to have light shed on them.”
SO true. Ultimately, we’ll be a lot better off when we treat mental illness like a physical illness rather than judging people who are struggling and implying their problems are due to a character deficit of some sort. It’s great that Cara is speaking out: I’m sure she has a lot of teen fans.
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