Bridgerton star Ruby Barker, known for playing Marina Thompson in the wildly popular Netflix series, is candidly speaking out about her mental health struggles, updating her fans after recently leaving the hospital.
In a nearly 6-minute long video Ruby shared on Instagram last week, the actress decided “it’s time to be transparent,” admitting she’d been hospitalized and receiving treatment after “struggling since Bridgerton.”
"I am better. I've been really unwell for a really long time,” Ruby detailed in the clip. "I just want to be honest with everybody, I have been struggling." Noting, that she was still, “in the hospital at the minute,” but that she was “gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life and I'm gonna take a little bit of a break from myself.”
Barker, now no longer in hospital care, once again took to IG to update her fans.
“You’ve made me feel so happy to be alive,” she said in a the newly-shared video. “I can’t wait for the future. I’m doing okay for myself. I’m sat in a beautiful environment right now, taking some time for myself to relax and breathe,” she added.
“If I have any advice for my younger self, I would just tell myself, ‘Listen, it’s not all doom and gloom, even when you hit rock bottom,’” she said, adding, “There’s funny stuff in life all the time. Sometimes you’ve just got to find the funny.”
Barker continued on thanking her Bridgerton co-stars and creator Shonda Rhimes for their support, sharing some advice that Claudia Jessie, who plays Eloise Bridgerton, once shared with her. “She told me to flip the coin. It might be dull on one side, but just flip the coin and you’ll find it’s shiny on the other.”
“It's training your mind to find the funny, to find the light, to find the positive," Barker expressed. "It's a really hard thing to do, but if you can get into the practice of doing that, you've got it. I just want everybody to feel good and to feel supported, and loved and held and heard. Anybody that's in a dark place right now, I just want you to know I see you I feel you. Find the funny and flip that coin."
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.