National Post (National Edition)



LOS ANGELES Oscar winner Kevin Spacey appealed to people who were struggling with shame or depression not to take their own lives.

Spacey, who has largely disappeare­d from public view since being accused of sexual misconduct three years ago, made the plea in a Christmas Eve video titled 1-800 Xmas he posted on YouTube.

Filming himself walking in a park, Spacey said a lot of people had contacted him in 2020 to share their struggles and some had spoken about wanting to end their lives.

“If you're suffering, if you need help, if you feel guilt or shame, if you're struggling with your identity or your back's up against the wall or if you feel there is no path for you. Whatever your situation, I promise you there is a path,” he said.

“During the holiday and beyond, even if you don't feel it, there are people out there who understand and who can help. It does get better.”

The video ended with a board for the suicide prevention hotline.

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