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Lili Reinhart opens up about how ‘Riverdale’ saved her from depression

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart is speaking out during Mental Health Awareness Month to discuss her own battle with depression and how she has been able to find light within darkness.

The actress went on what she classified as a “little Twitter rant” on Saturday, the same day in which marked a year since her hit CW series was picked up for a full season. Reinhart expressed gratitude for the Archie Comics-based show, saying it saved her life.

“I cried tears of joy. In that moment I became a working actress with a steady job. Something I had been working towards for 7 years,” the 20-year-old shared. “And now here we are, gearing up to film season 2. And I could not be more grateful. Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end it completely saved me.”

Through persistence and dedication, Reinhart was able to work through the hardships. “And when I’m feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I’ve come. And how I didn’t let my depression consume me,” she continued. “To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless… do not f—ing give up on yourself. You’re all you’ve got. And you deserve the world. Your mental health should be your priority. Don’t forget that. This is your life.. and you’ve only got one. So don’t waste it by being sad.”

“You will get through whatever you’re going through now. And you’ll be so much stronger at the end of it. You’re stronger than you know.” Reinhart concluded, “I felt the need to put some love out into the world today. I encourage you to do the same.”

Though her moment of triumph was certainly inspiration for all, Reinhart still faced backlash from critics over the mental health tweets as many claimed she minimized the mood disorder. The following day, the actress followed up with an additional mini rant, unapologetic for her previous words.

“I in no way meant that depressed people should ‘stop being sad,’” she explained. “I’ve dealt with depression my whole f—ing life, so obviously I know that. I’m saying find yourself some help. And don’t wait for things to change. You have to go out and get that for yourself.”

We applaud Lili for using her platform to positively address this issue.

You can read her full explanation below.

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Written by Cayla Masters

Music, pop culture and cheesesteak lover. Follow me on Twitter, @caylamasters