Throughout his four seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson has proved himself wholly unafraid to speak openly about his mental health on national television. For instance, in first-person bits on "Weekend Update" segments, Davidson has riffed on living with depression and borderline personality disorder (BPD).
In a new interview with Variety, Davidson went even deeper, speaking about his past experience with suicidal thoughts and how he manages his mental health day to day.
Davidson told Variety that he's spent most of his life dealing with mental health issues. "I've been in and out of mental health facilities since I was 9," the 24-year-old said. He also went on to describe how he attempted suicide "in the fourth or fifth grade."
The comedian also discussed the difficulties he faced when he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in high school. He went to rehab twice for using cannabis (he used it to relieve some of his Crohn's symptoms). After his times in rehab he was diagnosed with BPD, according to Variety.
"The last few years have been real rough with me. I took all these mental health classes and really spent a lot of time getting me good," Davidson said, adding that he's now on a new medication and stable.
Davidson previously spoke publicly about undergoing dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), which is considered the standard treatment for BPD. This type of therapy focuses on building coping mechanisms and interpersonal skills that help people more effectively identify their triggers and regulate their emotions, Columbia University Medical Center explains. In some cases, people find that medication is helpful as well.
Davidson also said that his recent decision to quit social media has helped him preserve his mental health. "The internet is evil, and I don't like how it affects me," he explained. "I don't like how the internet is a place where anybody can sh*t on you and make anything up. I've worked really hard to get my brain to this place. I can't go online like everybody else because it's just a f*ck-fest. And now I get to enjoy my life."
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.