Actress Letitia Wright celebrated a major victory at Sunday's 72nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) where she took the stage to open up about mental health.
According to BBC News, the 25-year-old Black Panther star won the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award. During her touching acceptance speech, Wright shared how she almost gave up on acting after suffering from depression a few years ago. When she was chosen as one of BAFTA's Breakthrough Brits in 2015, she decided to give her career another chance.
"A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting," Wright said. "The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith, and my family, and an email from Bafta asking me to become part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, I was like: 'Let me try again'."
The British-Guyanese actress was also seen being honored by The Duke of Cambridge, who is also the president of the film organization.
"There might be some of you here that are going through depression, going through a bad time, you're putting on a smile on your face and nobody can see that," she shared. "God knows it, and I just want to encourage you and I just want to say that God loves you, and just let your light shine."
Last year, Wright opened up about the need for more conversations about depression in the Black community. She admitted to taking a break from acting for four years to manage the mental illness.
We're glad you kept going, girl.
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