Hayden Panettiere knows “it’s okay to ask for help” and that taking the first step towards health is nothing to be ashamed of.
And on Thursday, Panettiere, 26, shared that she has made the decision to continue getting the help she needs.
“The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” she tweeted. “Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”
The mother of one previously told PEOPLE she’s used her own personal journey to address the stigma surrounding PPD. “The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” Panettiere explained in March. “You feel mommy guilt — it’s for real.”
And in January at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the star opened up about how relieved she felt after telling her truth. “I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”
Coincidentally on Thursday, ABC announced that Panettiere’s show Nashville was canceled after four seasons on the network.