Maureen Wroblewitz marked the Suicide Prevention Month by opening up about her struggles with her mental health, revealing she has constantly battled with depression since she was just a teen.
Through her Instagram page on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the model-beauty queen recalled how she had thought of “all the easiest ways to end her life” when she was 13 years old.
“This girl that you see smiling and posing in front of the camera was thinking of all the easiest ways to end her life just a few months prior,” she began, showing a photo of her younger self.
“If it wasn’t for her little sister finding her in a vulnerable situation and telling her parents about it, I don’t know if I would be here today,” she continued.
Wroblewitz spoke about how she lost faith in herself and chose to suffer in silence after her mom died when the model-beauty queen was just 11. Wroblewitz admitted that she knew “something was wrong” at the time, but that she wanted to hide it because she was “ashamed.”
After being “exposed,” Wroblewitz started seeing a therapist and was gifted by her dad with an inspirational book by Nick Vujicic, which eventually inspired her to change her outlook in life.
“Nick’s story had made me realize that at just 13, I hadn’t even seen the world yet,” she stated. “Just that change of mindset opened a lot of doors for me.”
“I have always wanted to share more about my mental health struggles but I never knew how. I now understand that the best way is to just do it, to speak my truth and people will listen,” she said. “I believe that even if I get to help just one person by sharing my story, I have done something right.”
Wroblewitz then expressed her gratitude for those who showed love and care for her, which include her “momager” and her boyfriend, whose name she did not immediately disclose.
“Depression is still a constant battle for me but I am no longer afraid to ask for help. I see my therapist every month; I have motivational calls with my momager and I have the support of my family and my boyfriend,” she said.
“I can now say that I’m extremely proud of myself, not just for all my achievements but for having found the strength to fight for what I believed in,” she added. “I’m glad I didn’t give up on myself. I now know that I am truly meant for something bigger.”
Meanwhile, Wroblewitz disclosed in January that she “lost” herself in her past relationship. At the time, she said she needed to “work on herself and heal from past trauma.” /ra
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please reach out to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). Their crisis hotlines are available at 1553 (Luzon-wide landline toll-free), 0917-899-USAP (8727), 0966-351-4518, and 0908-639-2672. For more information, visit their website: (https://doh.gov.ph/NCMH-Crisis-Hotline)
Alternatively, you can contact Hopeline PH at the following numbers: 0917-5584673, 0918-8734673, 88044673. Additional resources are available at ngf-mindstrong.org, or connect with them on Facebook at Hopeline PH.
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