David Dastmalchian writes about an Attempted Suicide 20 Years ago

The American actor David Dastmalchian known for his roles in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man (2015) and in its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp wrote on Instagram on World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Born in Pennsylvania, he attended Shawnee Mission South High School. David Dastmalchian’s feature debut film was The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan. David played the deranged henchman of Joker, Thomas Schiff.

David Dastmalchian Wrote on Instagram

On the “World Suicide Prevention Day, Dastmalchian wrote on Instagram about his attempted suicide about 20 years ago. He says it was a miracle he survived the incident. He thanked his friends, first responders and doctors who helped him survive. 

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He wrote “20 years ago I attempted suicide. for the third time. it’s nothing short of a miracle that I’m alive today. friends, first responders & doctors brought me back from death. support groups, family, professionals & complete strangers helped me as I began asking for help. I need you to know if you’re reading this & feeling hopeless that you are not alone. it gets better. I swear on all that I believe & hold dear. 20 years later I still work hard to keep mentally healthy but the depth of joy, gratitude & love I experience every day w @evelynleigh is expanding. I once believed that my pain was too great, that the world would be “better off” without me. I was wrong. If you are feeling that way please google @samhsagov and click on ‘resources’. if you want to help others, please contact those you know who may be struggling, listen to them, donate & volunteer at any of the orgs listed at samhsa. suicide prevention line 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.”

David Dastmalchian on World Suicide Prevention Day
David Dastmalchian on World Suicide Prevention Day

Many wrote congratulating him of his survival and many thanked him for sharing his experience. Kelen Coleman commented “Wow. Thank you for sharing, Dave. I’m so happy you are here and I have the privilege to call you friend. you are a light in a dark world. Truly.”

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