A hard pill to swallow for not only the Judd family but for people all over either suffering from mental health problems whether directly or involving family and friends. Naomi Judd's death has been officially announced to have been by suicide. Ashley Judd posted on her Instagram alluding to the death of her mother and it involving mental illness.

Judd has always promoted mental health awareness in her career. She even spoke about her own personal mental health and struggle in numerous interviews noting that she went into hiding after she and Wynonna stopped doing shows together as "The Judds" in 2011. It sent her into a spiral of depression.

Mother Judd even mentioned in her book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope that she had envisioned taking her own life near the Judd Farm. Wynonna has been open about her own mental state telling in interviews that at 18 years of age she thought of taking her own life as well. Ashley Judd mentioned the same issues back in 2006 of crippling depression.

Depression can be so easily hidden by those around us, mostly because the one suffering does not want to be a burden on those around them. If you feel you know someone suffering, or you are one that is, know that it IS ok to talk to someone and that taking your own life is NOT the answer for handling it. Personally, especially in the last six months, depression has been very real and the feeling of loneliness has been very strong. On the outside, it's all fun and games, but it's so easily hidden. If you or someone you know is, or could be suffering from these sorts of things, reach out to someone for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an amazing group and you can text or call them for help. 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can text them at 741741. Take advantage of it, before it's too late.

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