In an interview with Variety, Jared Padalecki (our Dean Forester) revealed that he struggled with depression for years. This was during Supernatural, in his mid-20’s. Now 32 and having recently lost a friend to depression, he is raising awareness on the web and through some limited edition merch – including sweatshirts and tees featuring the man himself and the slogan ‘Always Keep Fighting’. The initial fundraising ends today, so please check it out if you love JP and you haven’t already.
On the fundraising website, Jared writes affectionately and intelligently about depression and the effects it can have:
For people who deal with mental illness, depression, addiction or suicidal thoughts, every day can bring about new struggles. Every hour and every minute can seem to bring insurmountable odds of happiness. I hope that the simple message of “always keep fighting” can help to bolster somebody through a tough time. I also hope this campaign can help alleviate some of the stigma that the terms “mental illness” and “depression” sometimes evokes.
More than a few of us have turned to Gilmore Girls as a break from real life or as a warm hug but also sometimes to lift our spirits in incredibly difficult situations. Depression can strike those you’d least expect and when you’re down there, you just can’t see a way out.
I’d love to copy and paste his words verbatim, but better I send you to where he’s at: https://represent.com/jared
Has Gilmore Girls helped you through hard times? I know it has me.
Pic c/o Jared Padalecki