Actor, Zachary Levi, reveals how God helped him overcome suicidal thoughts

Hollywood actor, Zachary Levi, has opened up on his Christian faith and how it helped him overcome depression and suicidal thoughts. He is notable for his role as Chuck Bartowski on the NBC drama "Chuck".

In a recent interview with The Christian Post, the actor spoke about his childhood, challenges, and how he handled his mental health battles.

He said, “When I was 37, about five years ago, I had a complete breakdown. And I basically came to the place where I didn't want to live anymore. And I was really very lucky that one of my sisters took it upon herself to go and search the internet for a place where I might be able to seek some really deep healing.

“I went to this three weeks of very intensive, life-changing life-saving therapy, that got me back on my feet. And simultaneously, because I went and did that work, all of a sudden, things in my life started opening up.”

His story is documented in his recent memoir, ‘Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others.’ He revealed that he was abused as a child by his mother and his stepfather. His mother was also a victim of abuse.

According to him, the environment he grew up in was detrimental to his desire to love people, considering that he had a big heart. He just wanted to run away from the abusive environment.

He said, “And what I learned was how to constantly run from the pain that I was suffering constantly. Go and run away from the abusiveness that was in my household through various addictions… it all became a very unresolved, unhealed trauma.”

He also had to deal with a divorce from his wife, Missy Peregrym, which led him into more depression. Although he had a relationship with God, his faith was tested greatly.

He said, "I was crying out; literally like screaming and crying out to God, to help me understand what was going on with me. And I wasn't getting any answers.” 

With his experience in life, Levi now teaches people how to improve their mental, physical and spiritual health. This he achieves through prayer and meditation, to talking to a licensed therapist, and finding a supportive community. 

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