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Cara Delevingne Has Opened Up About Her Struggle With Mental Illness

The actor and model spoke about mental illness at the Women in the World Summit last weekend.

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Speaking to fellow actor Rupert Everett, Delevingne described her struggle with mental illness, which began at a young age:

I think I pushed myself so far [at school] that I got to the point where I had a mental breakdown ... I was completely suicidal, I didn't want to live any more. I thought that I was completely alone. I also realised how lucky I was, and what a wonderful family and wonderful friends I had, but that didn't matter. I wanted the world to swallow me up, and nothing seemed better to me than death.

The person who eventually helped her through her issues was her friend and fellow supermodel Kate Moss, she said.

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"What happened was I eventually said no, and I eventually took a break, from the advice of Kate Moss, who kind of picked me up off the floor," Delevingne said.

She also shared her key to happiness:

It's about finding people around you who have your best interests at heart. I had a lot of people around me who were just after what I gave them...not looking after me. So it's about finding people who care about you, and support you. And I've now been able to become a support for other people, as well.

Watch the interview in full here:

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