ABC News' Ginger Zee shares photo 'not long after my second suicide attempt'

David Caplan
September 11, 2020 - 4:39 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee took to Instagram Friday, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, to share a photo of herself at one of her darkest moments -- shortly after a second suicide attempt.

"This photo always breaks my heart," Zee, 39, wrote. "This was during my first real job on tv at WEYI (in Michigan). This wide, forced smile was not long after my second suicide attempt. Of course no one at work knew. I was a master at hiding my mental health issues. Especially from myself."

This photo always breaks my heart. This was during my first real job on tv at WEYI. This wide, forced smile was not long after my second suicide attempt. Of course no one at work knew. I was a master at hiding my mental health issues. Especially from myself. It is #suicidepreventionweek and I often wonder if there is anything I could go back and say to myself the morning I tried to take my own life. I don’t know if I would have been ready to hear it - I don’t know if this message will help — but I feel it is my duty to talk about it — because I was lucky. Beyond the luck, I had the support and financial ability to get the help I needed to treat my mental health issues. Not everyone has that. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, take it seriously. Act immediately. Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital to get urgent help and they can get you to the right type of therapy or medication you may need. For parents and young folks — @childmindinstitute has some great info and support.

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Zee in 2017 told People magazine that her first suicide attempt was shortly after graduating from Valparaiso University in Indiana. She said she took a mix of medications in her medicine cabinet, including Benadryl. Zee said her suicide attempt resulted in a depression diagnosis.

In Friday's Instagram post, she wrote, "It is #suicidepreventionweek and I often wonder if there is anything I could go back and say to myself the morning I tried to take my own life. I don’t know if I would have been ready to hear it - I don’t know if this message will help — but I feel it is my duty to talk about it — because I was lucky. Beyond the luck, I had the support and financial ability to get the help I needed to treat my mental health issues. Not everyone has that."

Zee, who is married to PIX11 reporter Ben Aaron, urges her followers, "If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, take it seriously. Act immediately. Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital to get urgent help and they can get you to the right type of therapy or medication you may need."