Chelsea’s attempted suicide on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was a powerful episode of daytime television that sent an important message to viewers, and portrayer Melissa Claire Egan is very proud to have been a part of it.
“This storyline has been, and continues to be, one of the most humbling and important experiences of my life,” she expressed on Instagram. “I’m grateful and honored to be able to tell this story, hopefully in a respectful and responsible way. Mental health is so important and depression is something that affects so many, and does not discriminate.”
Over the past months, Chelsea has gone through one heartbreak after another. From losing her new friend, Rey, to feeling adrift in her career, she’s been struggling. The feelings of sadness and depression were building under the surface until the point came when they became too overwhelming to ignore.
After her decision to tell Johnny that she is his biological mother backfired and left both Johnny and her other son, Connor, angry with her, Chelsea simply felt like everyone would be better off without her. Thankfully, Billy was there to stop her from taking her own life, but the sad fact of the matter is that in real life, that kind of a miracle doesn’t always happen.
“Please know you are loved and not alone,” Egan urged her fans. “If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress or experiencing any thoughts of suicide please call 988 or text SAVE to 741741 to talk to a counselor for free. Or visit save.org.”
Stay tuned to Y&R as Egan continues to deliver award-worthy performances as Chelsea struggles to put her life back together and find that it’s worth living again.