World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
It's a day that holds a special place in the hearts of anyone who has been affected by a mental health problem, either directly or indirectly. I don't think it's any secret that more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Sharon Osbourne got candid this year, as she reflected on her personal demons in a special segment of The Talk which was dedicated to mental health awareness. She discussed her past suicide attempt. At the time, fans may remember that Osbourne left the show for a month with a rep claiming she wasn't feeling well and "collapsed from mental and physical fatigue".
"Four years ago, I was finding things very, very difficult. And I've been medicated for 28 years. I tried to take my life and it wasn't for attention," she said. "I just couldn't bear it."
Osbourne disclosed to fans that she had gone into a treatment center for help, where she met two girls who "shocked her" into fighting for her life.
"They weren't even related," she shared. "Young girls, and both of them, their mothers had committed suicide. And it messed them up so bad, that they couldn’t cope with their lives and that shocked me into, 'C'mon, am I going to do this to my family, to my babies? No way.' And that shocked me -- it was like an electric shock and it was like, get it together."
Sharon is married to Ozzy Osbourne and the pair have three children: Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress.