'Bridgerton' Star Ruby Barker Hospitalized For Mental Health Struggles


Bridgerton star Ruby Barker took to Instagram on Thursday (May 27) to open up about her struggles with mental health issues that have led to hospitalization.

In a video message to her followers, Barker starts by saying, "It's time to be transparent." "I have been really unwell for a really long time," the 25-year-old actress said. "I want to be honest with everyone. I have been struggling."

Ruby went on to reveal that she's currently in a hospital adding that "I am going to be discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life."

"I am going to take a little bit of a break for myself and I would encourage others, if you are struggling, do yourself a favor and take a break. Stop being hard on yourself," she said.

The actress' message comes during Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, something Ruby said: "is every week for me."

Ruby described "intergenerational trauma bundled up inside me," and said that "I was carrying the weight of the world on my back and now I am at the point where I can have a diagnosis."

"I can't carry on the way that I was," she said. "I need to change so that is what I am trying to do. I want to survive and I will survive. I am going to."

If you or someone you know need immediate mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor. These additional resources are also available: 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-6264

The Association of Black Psychologists 1-301-449-3082

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America 1-240-485-1001

For more mental health resources, click HERE

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