EXCLUSIVE: Nadine Lustre Launches A Campaign For Mental Health Awareness, Says “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay”
“It came to a point na sobrang lunod na lunod na ako, and I can’t swim.”
Those were the exact words Nadine Lustre said to describe depression. After the tragic loss of her brother in 2017, the actress, singer, host, and entrepreneur became more vocal about her struggles with mental health.
A year ago today, she posted an Instagram photo with a heartfelt caption, encouraging her followers not to be too hard on themselves—reminding them to #KeepGoing. “If you ever hit rock bottom, don’t be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones,” the actress wrote. “...we are made to have emotions. Don’t be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and I’m so thankful that I didn't do it, because If I did, I wouldn't be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful.”
It may come as a surprise to you but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day. I have days where Im just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused.. I felt like I was just looking in someone else's life through a window. Feeling bad cuz I am not enough and everything that I do and will do will never be enough. Its not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it. Im thankful that Im blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind. Family who will always be my strength. Friends who will always pull me up. Love who will always guide me. if you ever hit rock bottom, dont be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones. if anyone understands and cares about what you're going through, its them. You are who/what you say you are. If you think you're weak, you will be weak. If you tell yourself you are not worthy, you will be unworthy. But, if you say you're strong, you will be strong and If you tell yourself you can do it, you can do anything. The ONLY validation that you will ever need is one from yourself. If you're HEARTBROKEN, cry it out, okay.. and then STOP. Pick yourself up and dust it off. He/She ain't the last person on earth. Trust me when I tell you that you will find someone else... meant for you and who will better you. I didn't believe that before either, but here I am now. DONT EVEN think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop. ITS OKAY to be sad. ITS OKAY to feel pain. ITS OKAY to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Dont be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and Im so thankful that I didn't do it, because If I did, I wouldn't be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful. #KeepGoing ;
Today, in celebration of World Mental Health Day, Nadine’s makeup line Lustrous x BYS Cosmetics launches a 3-minute campaign video titled, “#IAmLustrous: Hear Her Story," featuring 12 empowered women in different industries—from fashion and beauty, to music and entertainment, and all the way to business and politics. The video tackles mental health issues such as postpartum depression, eating disorders, and anxiety.
Joining Nadine Lustre in the thought-provoking campaign are singer Kiana Valenciano, society personality Jerika Ejercito, host Bianca Valerio, news anchor Gretchen Fullido, singer and Alopecia warrior Abby Asistio, blogger Vern Enciso, entrepreneur Michelle Asence-Fontelera, writer and LGBT advocate G3 San Diego, actress Vivoree Esclito, and celebrity handler Luz Bagalacsa.
Photo credits: 1—@gretsfullido, 2—@vernenciso, 3—@margomidwinter, 4—@bianca_valerio, 5—@vivoree
Attendees of the intimate #IAmLustrousHearHerStory dinner party last night
In a conversation with Metro.Style, Nadine further underscores the importance of shedding light on mental health issues. “It’s okay to be vulnerable. It’s okay not to be okay,” the actress explains. “That advice actually came from James [Reid], and it stuck to me most.”
What keeps her going during darker days? “I have a good support system,” Nadine smiles. “Whenever I have those days, I just know there are people who have my back and are just ready to show me love and appreciation.”
Indeed, life’s challenges helped Nadine become the brave woman and warrior she is today. “My life is still a rollercoaster—but this rollercoaster turned me into a stronger person and I’ve discovered a lot of things because of this. I still have my ups and downs, but it’s part of life. It’s part of who I am.”
Keep the fight, Nadine.