Constance Wu says she attempted suicide after ‘Fresh off the Boat’ tweets in 2019

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Hollywood actress Constance Wu has revealed she attempted suicide after facing a backlash on social media.

Known for her roles in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Hustlers’, Wu abruptly quit social media in 2019 after making what she called ‘reckless’ comments about her unhappiness with ‘Fresh off the Boat’ renewal. a TV series she was starring in, which she said “triggered outrage and shame on the internet that got quite serious.”

Upon hearing about the show’s renewal, where she played a no-nonsense mother to an immigrant family, Wu tweeted out profanities, saying she was “so upset.” Her comments drew criticism online, and she later explained to her fans that appearing on the show would take her away from an unspecified passion project, before quitting social media.

After a three-year hiatus, Wu said in a statement Thursday that the episode had caused her to attempt suicide. She said she was “a little scared” to return to social media.

“This next part is hard to get into…but I was scared to come back to social media because I almost lost my life there,” she said.

She added that the social media reaction to her 2019 comments, particularly from her fellow Asian Americans, made her feel like a “scourge” on her community. “I started to feel like I didn’t even deserve to live anymore. That I was a disgrace to AsAms and they would be better off without me,” she said, using an abbreviation.

“Looking back, it’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my life, but that’s what happened. Luckily a friend found me and took me to the ER.

Wu, who grew up in Richmond and is the child of Taiwanese immigrants, said the “scary moment” forced her to reevaluate her life and career and prioritize her mental health.

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Wu’s starring role in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians” catapulted her to international fame and led to a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a professor who travels to Singapore to meet his partner’s family and encounter extreme wealth. More broadly, the film, based on a novel by Kevin Kwan, has been celebrated for breaking stereotypes and for its Asian American portrayal.

“AsAms doesn’t talk about mental health enough,” Wu said in his statement. “While we are quick to celebrate victories in representation, there is a lot of avoidance around the most uncomfortable issues within our community.”

Adding: “If we want to be seen, really seen … we have to leave everything of ourselves, including the parts we are afraid of or ashamed of – parts that, imperfect as they are, need care and attention.

A 2007 national study reported that while nearly 18% of the general American population sought mental health services over a 12-month period, only 8.6% of Asian Americans did so.

Fear of stigma along with pressure to be a “model minority,” to do well academically, and to care for parents and the community were among the issues that led to mental health stresses, according to psychiatrists at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

Nearly 20% of American adults — some 50 million people — suffered from a mental illness in 2019, according to the national nonprofit Mental Health America, with more than half of adults not receiving treatment. Suicidal ideation and thoughts have continued to rise every year since 2011, he added. Echoing other reports, it found that young white Americans were most likely to receive mental health treatment, while “young Asians were least likely to receive mental health care”.

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This week, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launched a new three-digit number allowing people to call or text 988 to route them to a trained counselor hotline starting Saturday. It will be available across the United States.

Wu also shared details about suicide prevention and support alongside her statement and added that she wrote a memoir titled “Making a Scene”, further detailing her life and experiences. She said she hopes her book will “help people talk about the uncomfortable things in order to understand them, take them into account and open up paths of healing”.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging the crisis text line on 741741.

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