Jet Li's Daughter Jada Reveals Long History Of Anxiety And Depression, Suffering Relapse Now
"Mental issues like COVID-19 anxiety are real and valid," said Jada.
According to Jet Li’s daughter Jada, the answer is ‘yes’ and it’s something she hopes people can ruminate on, especially during this period when most are in isolation or quarantine.
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Hey everyone, I hope you’re all safe where you are! Despite the lighthearted selfies, this is a more serious message that you can feel free to skip. I’m so incredibly grateful to be in a position where I’m safe and secure during such an uncertain time. It’s important for me to acknowledge my privilege. Isolation has really taken a toll on my mental health. I’ve had a long history with anxiety and major depression, and I’m currently experiencing a pretty bad relapse, something I thought I had left in the past. I am lucky enough to have access to professional help. I want to use this space to let you all know that if you’re experiencing anything similar, you’re not alone. Mental issues like COVID-19 anxiety are real and valid. There are many good crisis hotlines and websites to turn to if you have access to the internet. I believe in your strength and your ability to get through this. If you’re not experiencing any of this, please check in on your friends and loved ones and make sure they’re doing okay because no one should go through this alone. #mentalhealthmatters
COVID-19 and Mental Health
Jada, who turns 18 this year, took to Instagram last Saturday (April 18) and revealed that she has had a “long history with anxiety and major depression” and is suffering from a “pretty bad relapse” because she’s in isolation.
In her post, she wrote: “I’m so incredibly grateful to be in a position where I’m safe and secure during such an uncertain time. It’s important for me to acknowledge my privilege.
“Isolation has really taken a toll on my mental health. I’ve had a long history with anxiety and major depression, and I’m currently experiencing a pretty bad relapse, something I thought I had left in the past.”
She added that she is “lucky enough” to have access to professional help and wants to remind others who are experiencing something similar that they are not alone.
“Mental issues like Covid-19 anxiety are real and valid. There are many good crisis hotlines and websites to turn to if you have access to the internet,” she noted as she encourages those who are healthy to “check in on your friends and loved ones and make sure they’re doing okay”.
Caught in 2004 tsunami
It’s unclear what caused Jada’s anxiety and major depression but it was previously reported that she was caught in the devastating 2004 tsunami when Jet — who holds Singapore citizenship — and his family were on a vacation in the Maldives.
According to a Reader’s Digest report, Jet and his daughters, Jane and Jada, were about to go for a swim in the hotel pool when the tsunami struck. The waters rose too quickly and while Jet managed to hoist Jane onto his shoulders, he lost his grip on Jada and their nanny.
He cried out for help, and thankfully, four bystanders jumped in and grabbed the toddler and nanny before they went under. Jane was four at that time while Jada was around one to two years old.
History of activism
Though she’s only 18, Jada has advocated for causes close to her heart.
Apart from mental health, she previously dedicated herself to charity work for the hearing impaired. In a Father’s Day post uploaded by Jet on June 2017, he said: “As you all know, my daughter Jada has dedicated herself to charity work with hearing impaired children.
“Once again she surprised me with a Happy Father’s Day message this year. The message captures the past two years since she started getting involved in this cause.”
He called it “a wonderful Father’s Day gift” and said he was proud of her.
Jada was also the reason why Jet changed his mind about taking up a role in Disney’s live-action Mulan (slated for release on July 23) where he plays the Emperor.
He had initially turned it down due to the script and pay, but Jada asked him: “When a company like Disney wants to make a movie about Chinese culture, why don’t you take part in it?”
- Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444
- Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
- Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
- Tinkle Friend: 1800-274-4788
- Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222
- Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928
This article was first published on AsiaOne and was republished on theAsianparent with permission.
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