Ashley Judd opens up about mental health after her mother’s death

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and spoke about her grieving process following the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd.

In an interview broadcast on On “Good Morning America” ​​on Thursday, the movie star said she wanted to talk about her mother’s struggle with depression. Judd said she was with her mother at her home in Tennessee on the day Naomi died on April 30.

Judd also encouraged anyone who thought they were harming themselves to contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. at 1-800-273-8255.

Naomi Judd has died aged 76, a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her duet partner and daughter Wynonna Judd. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the family said they lost her to “the disease of mental illness”.

“When talking about mental illness, it’s very important, and to be clear and to distinguish between our loved one and the illness,” Judd said in the interview. “It’s lying. It’s wild. And, you know, my mom, our mom, couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. I mean, that’s the disaster level of what was going on inside of her because the barrier between – the respect they held her in couldn’t penetrate her heart. And the lie the disease told him was so convincing.

Ashley Judd said her mother killed herself with a gun, but asked for confidentiality on other details of the death. Naomi Judd wrote openly about her depression and anxiety in her memoir ‘River of Time’ and her daughter Ashley said it was because of this that she cherished every moment she had with her mother.

“I really accepted the love my mom was able to give me because I knew she was fragile,” Judd said. “So when I walked around the back of their house and walked in the kitchen door and she said, ‘Here’s sweetie, here’s my baby. And she lit up. I savored those moments. »

Naomi and Wynonna Judd scored 14 No. 1 songs during a career that spanned nearly three decades. The red-haired duo combined the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop styles, scoring hit after hit in the 1980s. Wynonna led the duo with her powerful vocals, while Naomi provided harmonies and elegant looks on the scene.

The Judds released six studio albums and one EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They won a total of five Grammys together on hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love,” and Naomi won a sixth Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

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