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Ruby Barker Opens Up About Her Mental Health Journey Since ‘Bridgerton’

Ruby Barker is opening up about her mental health journey, in the hopes of empowering others to reach out for help like she did.

The actress who plays Marina Thompson on hit Netflix series Bridgerton, shared a candid video on Instagram about how she’s been doing since filming the show.

“I’ve been really unwell for a really long time,” she begins her message, explaining she’s checked herself in to hospital.

“I want to be honest with everyone. I have been struggling. I am in hospital at the minute and I am going to be discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life.”


“I am going to take a little bit of a break for myself and I would encourage others, if you are struggling, do yourself a favour and take a break. Stop being so hard on yourself.”

Ruby admits that it can be difficult to figure out how to stop being hard on ourselves but urges her fans to be more self-aware and acknowledge that, “sometimes I just can’t do this right now, I need support.”

She highlights how important it is to “change the dialogue, the linguistics” around mental health and adds that while she does have a diagnosis, she will speak about that at a later time.

Ruby also takes a moment to give a shoutout to those who have helped her along on her journey including Aussie artist Sexton, explaining that her music has “literally brought me out of the pits” and Bridgerton executive producer Shonda Rhimes “for giving me an opportunity, for saving me.”

The actress ends her message reminding her 231, 000 followers that they are not alone in their mental health struggles and they will get through it too:

“I want to survive and I will survive, and I’m going to. And so are you. That’s the beauty of it, so are you.”

Watch her full message below:


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*If you are anyone you know needs mental health support, remember you are not alone. There is help. You can contact Lifeline in Australia on 13 11 14 or reach out to the local helpline in your country. 

(Feature Image Credit: @rubybarker/Instagram)

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