On April 30, 2022, Naomi Judd, half of the country singing duo The Judds, took her life. For years she had been fighting mental health issues including severe depression. The night before she and her daughter Wynonna were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, she left us.
In 2016, Judd wrote the book River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope. The Book talked about her personal struggles with severe depression and anxiety. Judd lived through being beaten, raped, and abandoned. She put herself through nursing school and then developed Hepatitis C at the height of her career. Then in 2011 she began her battle with Severe Treatment Resistant Depression and thoughts of suicide. She made it until April 30, 2022.
What does this mean for people who have mental health issues? It indicates that patients can fight and do everything they can and come out winners. It also shows that a person can do everything they can and wind up being at the mercy of the disease. Judd would say fight. She was never one to accept defeat. Even with her death, talk about mental health will be elevated and help others. Her death might be the turning point in someone else's life. She would like that.
Country Legend Naomi Judd Died by Suicide After Longtime Struggle with Mental Health: Sources, PEOPLE, Jack Irvin, Sarah Michand