“As you know, I had a really crazy month and I want to talk about something that matters a lot to me,” he said during Weekend Update.
“OK. Mental health?” asked castmate Colin Jost.
“No,” Davidson quipped. “The new Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule.”
Fellow comedian John Mulaney, who joined Davidson for the segment, said he’s been spending time with him to “try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life.”
“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson said, laughing.
“I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke. But it is funny,” he said.
Davidson has made reference to his struggles with mental illness in the past, including a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
“I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”
He was paid a visit by the New York Police Department to confirm his well-being.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.
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