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Rick Springfield Discusses Depression Struggle and Recently Considering Suicide
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12 Jan 2018 12:40 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Rick Springfield (Image Source: Photobra Adam Bielawski via Wikimedia Commons)

Rick Springfield first opened up about his struggles with depression and suicide in 2011 in his memoir. Most would have assumed he was past the hump in that struggle, but as he recently revealed, he still struggles and has even very recently considered suicide.

In Late, Late at Night, the singer/actor's 2011 autobiography, he discussed his lifelong depression that he called "The Darkness" or "Mr. D." He tried to take his own life when he was just 17, but the noose snapped. Now more than 50 years later, he's still considering it.

"Last year I was close to it, really close to it," Springfield said in a SiriusXM interview. "'Suicide Manifesto' is stuff I think about.  I've been close to it," he mentioned of his upcoming song. "When Robin Williams and Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and those guys ... I didn't go, 'Oh, that's terrible.' I went, 'I get it.' I get being that lost and dark."

"You're in so much pain that you just want it to end. I have been there, and I know what it's like, and I understand. It's just part of your makeup," he added.

"When I had kids, I said, 'Okay, that takes suicide off the table, that's not an option anymore, I don't care how bad I feel,' Springfield explained. "But now my kids are grown. It's really weird ... it would devastate them. I don't know how I could ever come to terms with that. But it rides on my shoulder every day."

He married Barbara Porter in 1984 in his native Australia, having met years earlier before he hit it big with "Jessie's Girl." They have two sons: Liam and Joshua. After the birth of Liam, he took a break from his career to be with his family and try to get a handle on his depression.

"I've taken Prozac and all that kind of stuff, and I meditate. Meditation is the only thing that takes me out of it. If I truly meditate and focus and get to that place, I'm not depressed. No matter what's going on. But it's pretty hard," he said of how he manages his depression. "I'm alive and well. Anyone says, 'How you doing?' I never go, 'Great.' Because it's bullsh--. I go, 'I'm okay — I'm there.' Sometimes I'll go, 'F---ing horrible, I've had a terrible day.'"

"We've all had the social front, and it just makes me feel like such a liar when I go home, and I look in the mirror and I go, 'Really, you said that to somebody?" Springfield continued. "That everything's great and you're feeling awesome? That's bullsh--."

"I'm at the point now in my life where I want to do what's truthful," he said.

And that apparently means opening up in his music and in interviews about his constant struggle with his depression and thoughts of suicide.

If anyone else is feeling like you also understand what Williams, Bennington, Cornell, and Springfield are/were going through, and you are or have considered suicide, you can get help via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.

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