The Suicide Squad actress, Cara Delevingne, spoke to Esquire.com about her struggle with depression and suicidal tendencies while growing up. The 23-year-old revealed, “I think I properly started dealing with depression when I was about 16, when all the stuff with my family started to make sense and came to the surface. I’m very good at repressing emotions and seeming fine. As a kid, I felt like I had to be good and I had to be strong because my mother wasn’t,” she said, citing her mother’s addiction issues.
She went on to say, “So, when it got to being a teenager and all the hormones and the pressure and wanting to do well at school — for my parents, not for me — I had a mental breakdown. I was suicidal. I couldn’t deal with it any more. I realised how lucky and privileged I was, but all I wanted to do was die,” she said, adding that although she does not approve of medication, it saved her life. According to JustJared.com, Cara took to acting and poetry to cope with her depression.