The actor of General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), who is frequently quite open about his mental health, acknowledges that he had suicide thoughts back in 2020 during the pandemic. He fought with some really dark ideas because things had gotten so horrible for him. What he says about it is as follows.
Maurice Benard Admits To Having Suicidal Thoughts
Speaking to People magazine in a new interview, Maurice admits that things got so bad for him during the lockdown portion of the pandemic three years ago that he had some serious thoughts about wanting to end his life. It got so bad that his wife Paula Benard had to intervene. He said, “I felt a real cold rush in me. And then that night I was shaking like a fish out of water and crying like a baby. This had never happened in my life. Paula’s on the bed and I’m like, ‘Baby, I’m done. What’s going on with me?’ In a calm voice, she says, ‘Honey, you’re fine. You’re gonna be fine.’ And I’m like, ‘What the f— what do you mean. I’m gonna be fine?’ I was stuck in this horrific panic that wouldn’t leave.”
Maurice went on, “I wasn’t wanting to use a gun because it’s messy and ugly, so I was just figuring it out.” I thought about the tree every single day. And I just tried to survive by doing whatever I could.
Maurice Didn’t Want To End His Life
However, the actor said that the only thing that stopped him from ending his life was knowing that there were other people out there who were going to do the same – and he didn’t want to see that happen.
“I ran to my house and as soon as I walked in, I said to God, ‘You have to help me now because I can’t do it anymore,’” stated Maurice. I also recall thinking about my family. I then recall thinking, “If I did [kill myself], then everyone who watches State of Mind would be free to do the same.”
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