Actress Audra McDonald attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City

In a new interview, multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald reveals there was a time in her life when she wanted to end it all.

The 44-year-old actress-singer spoke about the depression she battled in college, which led to a suicide attempt.

“When I was at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt. I tried to slit my wrist,” McDonald told ABC’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” adding that she’s incredibly thankful she found help through her school.

“When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves,” she explained. “[Juilliard] had a mental health facilitator there, a therapist there and they checked me into a mental health hospital where I was for a month and got me the help I needed.”

McDonald went on to say that antidepressants helped her in her recovery, as did the professional opportunities that followed after her hospitalization.



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