Jared Padalecki Reveals He Checked Into a Clinic for ‘Dramatic Suicidal Ideation’ During Supernatural Run

Two-thirds of the way through Supernatural‘s 15-year run, Jared Padalecki checked into a clinic as he struggled with suicidal ideation.

“It was 2015, I had a really low moment,” the TV vet shares in People.com‘s excerpt from the June 25 episode of Tommy DiDario’s I’ve Never Said This Before podcast. “I was letting my thoughts take over and kind of going to places of dramatic suicidal ideation.

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“I called my wife [Genevieve, who was with Padalecki on the aforementioned podcast] and she said, ‘Get home,'” he continues. “And so, I got home, went to a clinic for a couple weeks and looked into it, and haven’t been suicidal since. Not for a moment.”

Padalecki, who in 2015 had already been in the business for 15 years (having started out on Gilmore Girls), said, “I needed a full reset” after putting on a happy face at auditions, red carpets and interviews. “I had done that for so long, trying to focus on what’s best for the person who’s talking to me as opposed to just being honest.”

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Jared Padalecki with Jensen Ackles on ‘Supernatural’ circa early 2015Courtesy of Everett Collection

Padalecki previously opened up about such struggles in a March 2015 interview with Variety, saying, “I, for a long time, have been passionate about people dealing with mental illness and struggling with depression, or addiction, or having suicidal thoughts…. And I, in the past, have had my own struggles of not [being] so happy with where I am in life.

“[During Supernatural] Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down,” he told Variety. “A doctor came to set and talked to me for about 30 or 45 minutes and said, ‘Jared, I think you’re clinically depressed. I think I should write you a note and we can shut down production for five days and then we can take it from there.” And it kind of hit me like a sack of bricks.”

At the time of that breakdown, a longtime, Vancouver-based friend of Padalecki’s had recently “lost his battle with depression,” he shared.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. Text MHA to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line.

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