Peloton's Kendall Toole says she battled suicidal thoughts, depression, and OCD before becoming a star spin instructor
- Peloton instructor Kendall Toole opened up about her mental health journey on social media.
- She told followers and media that she's dealt with depression, thoughts of suicide, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Toole said therapy and medication have been helpful for managing her symptoms.
Peloton instructor Kendall Toole opened up about her own personal struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Toole said on Instagram she would be sharing more about her mental health journey on social media and during her classes in May to help reduce stigma. She also led a ride dedicated to mental health awareness on May 10, a follow up to a similarly themed class that she did last year for World Mental Health Day.
Toole told TODAY that she spent much of her 20s dealing with depression, and even thoughts of suicide, but was reluctant to tell anyone or ask for help because she didn't want to be seen as a burden.
The 28-year-old Peloton instructor also said she has managed obsessive compulsive disorder since she was 11 years old.
Toole has since sought treatment for her symptoms through regular appointments with a therapist as well as antidepressant medication.
"I think there's a stigma around medicine. I had my own stigma for a long time about how I shouldn't need this. I shamed myself," Toole told TODAY. "But my mom said, 'Honey, it's no different than if you were diabetic. If you do not take your insulin, you will not survive. Having a mental illness is no different than having a physical ailment.'"
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