After Supernatural cast-member Jared Padalecki opened up about his battle with depression, he was in for a huge surprise that is sure to have lifted his spirits.
When Jared and Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles sat on the panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 last week, over 7,000 Supernatural fans showed their solidarity for Jared by lighting a candle and lifting it up in the air.
Padalecki, 34, had recently opened about his personal struggle with depression, reported Variety. Speaking from his beleaguered heart, the Supernatural member had recollected his condition.
“And I, In the past, have had my own struggles of not (being) so happy with where I am in life, which is strange and I think it goes to show … Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down. A doctor came to set and talked to me for about 30 minutes or 45 minutes and said, ‘Jared, I think you’re clinically depressed. I think I should write you a note and we can shut down production for five days and then we can take it from there.’ “
Supernatural is undoubtedly one of the most popular TV shows. Its fan base and online community is very active. So, it wasn’t a big surprise when such a huge number turned up at Comic-Con 2015 and when the moment came for direct interaction with the stars of the show, the huge hall went silent and dark for a moment, only to light up with thousands of special commemorative candles. Every fan held up a candle in show of support for the actor’s ongoing battle with depression and his initiative to help others with mental health issues, reported Softpedia.
Each candle had a note that read as follows.
“Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not even the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness … And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire … Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.”
The response was so overwhelming, it even prompted “Star Trek” star William Shatner to reach out to the star and express regret at giving the event a miss.
The Supernatural star had stated that there’s “no shame” admitting to fighting a battle with depression. His fans proved that it’s a state of mind that can be overcome with love and support.
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