Rick Springfield opened up about his darkest moments with depression

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In his darkest moments, Springfield has contemplated and attempted to take his own life. In a revealing interview, the 73-year-old shared how the life-threatening “moment” passes. “I’m an example of the moment passing,” he said. “Because I’ve been there a couple of times, and haven’t… for want of a better phrase, pulled the trigger.”

The Australian performer said he “worked [his] way through it”, which is something he has “always done”.

Nicknaming the condition as “Mr D”, Springfield said that “you kind of become acclimatised to” depression, thinking of it as “a friend”.

While he takes medication to help control symptoms of depression, music has been a great outlet for him.

“I try and write about it, definitely,” he told ABC News in January, 2018.

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“It’s a big motivator for me to sit down, and pick up a guitar, or start writing prose or whatever.”


The mental health charity Mind explains: “Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life.”

Depression can lead someone to feel:

  • Down, upset or tearful
  • Restless, agitated or irritable
  • Guilty, worthless and down on yourself
  • Empty and numb
  • Isolated and unable to relate to other people
  • Finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
  • A sense of unreality
  • No self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Hopeless and despairing
  • Suicidal.

The condition can cause someone to behave in the following ways:

  • Avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy
  • Self-harming or suicidal behaviour
  • Difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions
  • Losing interest in sex
  • Difficulty remembering or concentrating on things
  • Using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • No appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight
  • Physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
  • Moving very slowly, or being restless and agitated.

Thinking back to his own experience with depression, Springfield remembers trying to hang himself, but the “rope broke, or came undone”.

The father-of-two admitted that when he is in that mentality, he convinces himself that his family will “get through” life without him.

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“When you get to that point the pain is pretty intolerable,” Springfield added.

“When you get to the really dark point, nothing’s enough,” he explained.

“Accomplishment is nothing, it doesn’t change who you are,” he said. “That’s a big belief. You know… ‘If I have this house, I have this wife, if I have this car.’

“That’s a big misconception,” he added. “Fame and success and money do not heal.”

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Anybody experiencing suicidal ideation may benefit by calling Samaritans for free on 116 123.

The Samaritan line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; you can email them on [email protected].

The National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK is available on 0800 689 5652, 6pm to 3:30am every day.

If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258.

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