THE BIG Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik has revealed she's been 'touched by suicide very directly' in a heart-wrenching video.
The actress, best known for playing Dr Amy Farrah Fowler in the popular American sitcom, spoke directly to her fans in a message uploaded to her Instagram page.
Mayim, 44, explained that she'd wanted to make the video to highlight National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
She said honestly: "I've tried to make this video several times.
"I haven't wanted to make this video cause it's really hard and it's really sad to talk about suicide and that doesn't mean we don't talk about it."
As she struggled through the emotional video, Mayim gave fans an insight into her life.
"I have been touched by suicide very, very directly and closely," she revealed.
"And there's nothing more important than talking about it and removing the stigma around it.
"We need better access to help so that people can get help. That’s it. I don’t know what else to say."
Reflecting on people's mental health during the current pandemic, the Blossom star added: "Please take care of yourself during this quarantine – those of us who struggle are struggling even more.
"And in honour of the people in my family we have lost and the loved ones i have lost, I'll continue to speak out."
Echoing her words in the video, Mayim's caption further expressed her feelings.
"Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about," wrote Mayim. "But that doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it.
"I’ve lost people very close to me whom I loved deeply to suicide. I know the heartache and unresolved unfathomable pain it brings. 💔
"If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK, visit NAMI.org, or text NAMI to 741-741 for help."
She added: "The world is a better place with you in it. Do not hesitate. Call now. #SuicidePrevention #SuicidePreventionMonth."
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