“I think for me, it was just a moment where I wanted to be heard,” the 26-year-old said of her mental health struggles
Savannah Chrisley is opening up about the emotional moment she swallowed an entire bottle of pills and how she avoided falling into addiction.
The Chrisley Knows Best alum, 26, appeared on the latest episode of Doug Bopst’s Adversity Advantage Podcast and shared how being in the public eye and not knowing how to navigate that was a contributing factor to some of the mental health problems she faced, including depression.
“There are things that led to me reaching an all-time low that I finally got to a point where I was like alright, I can’t do this anymore. That was one time at 15 and then again at 18 and then at 22 I finally started going to therapy,” she shared. “It wasn’t until I was 22 years old that I was like alright, I need to go to therapy. I can’t do this by myself.”
Chrisley then reflected on her past suicide attempt at 15 years old, recalling the moment she took an entire bottle of pain pills. Despite the heavy use of pills at that moment, Chrisley assured that she never had any problems with addiction.
“I never struggled with addiction,” she said on the show. “At that time I was 15. And you really don’t know at 15 if you’re going to end your life what that looks like. I think for me, it was just a moment where I wanted to be heard and I was so afraid of being honest about the things I was struggling with that I was like alright, I just want to be heard.”
“I think that was the biggest thing for me because I’ve never been one and I think because addiction does run in my family, I’ve always been very conscientious of that and of not going down that avenue,” she continued. “I like to think I have a strong mindset of, ‘I’m not going to do that and I don’t do it.’ ”
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This isn't the first time Chrisley has openly discussed her mental health struggles. While being interviewed by mental health and addiction awareness advocate Patrick Custer for her Unlocked podcast, she opened up about her suicide attempt.
"I didn't really have a life-or-death experience, but I did try committing suicide so that potentially was maybe my life-or-death experience," she said in the May 2023 episode. "But for me, it was more a cry for help."
Chrisley said it happened when she was about 15. And while she wasn't entirely sure of the timeline, she believes it occurred around the time her family began filming their first USA Network reality series.
"It's so crazy because when you go through so much trauma, I feel like your mind just blocks it out," she explained. "I also feel like, too, there were maybe some side effects to what I had done to where it affected my memory but it all really was a blur."
"I do remember waking up in the hospital and, you know, my parents being there and discussions being had," she continued. "Even at that time, I remember lying to the doctors because I didn't want to be held at the hospital."
Chrisley also noted that "nothing's wrong with me, it was just a bad moment."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.
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