On the heels of two high-profile celebrity suicides, Heather Locklear was reportedly taken to the hospital over the weekend after threatening to kill herself.
According to TMZ, law enforcement sources said a family member called 911 on Sunday afternoon to report that they were concerned for the Melrose Place star. Apparently, she was having a rough day and her parents went over to her home. She became violent with them, choking her mother and hitting her father, so her mother called 911.
Ventura County Fire and Sheriff's departments responded to the call and the caller on the dispatch audio said Locklear, 56, was acting erratically and threatening to find a gun to shoot herself. She was then taken to the hospital for a psych evaluation.
This incident comes just four months after she was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery and three counts of battery on a police officer. During the arrest, she allegedly threatened to shoot officers if they ever returned to her home, which prompted a search of her home.
Shortly after her arrest, Locklear checked herself into a treatment facility to help battle her addiction. At the time, her longtime associate told People, "She wanted to feel better and get to the bottom of what was troubling her." This was not her first stint in rehab, but we commend her for seeking help. That's not an easy thing to do.
Locklear has had a successful 30-year Hollywood career, starring in hit TV shows like Dynasty, Melrose Place, and Spin City, but her personal life has been riddled with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The actress has had many ups and downs and has been in and out of treatment for years. This just goes to show that nobody, not even a high-profile Hollywood star, is immune to mental health issues. And the battle is a long, arduous one. We hope that Locklear is getting the help she needs.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please do not be afraid to reach out for help. Talk to a friend, a family member, a counselor, a psychiatrist. Or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).