Amanda Seales says she suffered a nervous breakdown in March

The 'Insecure' star says she had to take steps to guard her mental health

Amanda Seales poses for a portrait during the BET Awards 2019 at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

Amanda Seales is speaking out about her mental health, revealing that she suffered a nervous breakdown in March during a recent interview with The Breakfast Club.

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The outspoken comedian and actress who has a starring role on Insecure chronicled her experience during the interview on Friday.

“At the end of the day I had started to believe what [critics] made up about me,” she said. “If you’re not careful, you’ll let the people who know you least tell [you about yourself.]”

Now, the star who recently hosted the 2020 BET Awards, credits therapy, reiki, and exercise as components to her recovery.

After leaving her six-month co-hosting stint on The Real Seales shared support for another former host of the show, Tamar Braxton.

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“Sending love to #tamarbraxton 💗,” Seales posted on Instagram after news broke that the singer/ reality star was struggling with her own mental health issues.

“Listen here, s— was a doozie,” Seales continued. “I am good now because I am surrounded by good people. Period. Let go of anyone or anything that disrupts or does not assist in the attainment of your peace. AND CHECK ON YOUR STRONG FRIENDS!!!!!!!! ✊🏽❤️💪🏽.”

July is Minority Mental Health Month and in recent weeks, we have seen several celebrities struggling. Aside from Seales and Tamar Braxton, other stars have sparked concerns from their fans.

Nick Cannon suggested he experienced suicidal thoughts in recent social media posts and Kanye West continues to alarm people amid reports that his presidential bid is actually the result of a manic episode.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, please seek professional help. Here are some options and here is information on a national organization that supports African-American mental health. If you believe you need emergency help and are suicidal, the National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach them via chat.

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