Ashley Judd Honors Mom, Naomi With Mental Health Work

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Ashley Judd is honoring her late mother, Naomi Judd nearly two years after she took her own life. More so, she is doing this through mental health work and advocacy. So, what exactly is Ashley doing to keep her mother’s memory alive? Keep reading for more details.

Ashley Judd Honors Mom, Naomi With Mental Health Work

It seems like only yesterday that country icon Naomi Judd took her own life after a long mental health battle. She was getting ready to set out on tour with her daughter, Wynonna Judd for the first time in a decade. They had performed as The Judds for quite some time and fans adored them. Aside from the tragic way that Naomi died, a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her younger daughter, Ashley Judd was the one who found her. This was clearly traumatic for Ashley but it did bring her and Wynonna closer together.

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Naomi Judd-YouTube

Wynonna went on with the tour that was supposed to happen sans her mother as a way to keep her memory alive. Plus, she wanted to celebrate her every night. Now, just days before the two-year anniversary of the passing, Ashley has found her own way to honor Naomi. According to Us Weekly, she spoke at the White House on Tuesday, April 23rd for the  National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This is something brand new but very necessary. So, what did Ashley have to say?

“I’m here because I am my beloved mother’s daughter and on the day she died, which will be the two-year anniversary in one week, the disease of mental illness was lying to her, and with great terror convinced her that it would never get better.”

Ashley took a break to share her mother’s legacy, saying she “left country music better than she found it.” Then, the actress continued:

“She also lived most of her life with an untreated and undiagnosed mental illness that lied to her and stole from her. It stole from our family, and she deserved better.”

Ashley Judd made sure to touch on how she suffered herself but entered treatment so she could move on and heal:

“I had a different experience because I went to treatment in 2006 for unresolved childhood grief and sexual trauma and I’ve been in good recovery for 18 years. I’ve had a different outcome than my mother and I carry a message of hope and recovery.”

Ashley Judd-YouTube
Ashley Judd-YouTube

It seems that Ashley wanted to share how they both struggled but with the right help and mindset, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope For A Change

By speaking out about what transpired in Naomi Judd’s life, there is hope that things can change and more awareness can be raised about mental health. Ashley Judd is doing her part to honor her mother’s legacy while her sister, Wynonna Judd has kept the music alive. If some good can come of this, knowing that they are not alone, then Ashley has done her job. Moreover, Naomi will never be forgotten every time Wynonna takes the stage.

Do you think it is important for Ashley to keep spreading awareness in honor of her mother? Does it mean even more as the anniversary grows closer? Let us know in the comments below.

If you or someone you know is battling suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Dial 988 for help. 

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