Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

The popularity of Rick Springfield dates back to the early 70s, following his debut 1971 Australian hit “Speak to the Sky,” catapulting him as a teen pop idol. To focus on his solo singing career, Springfield shifted base to the United States from Australia in 1972. The same year, he released the album “Beginnings” signed by the America-based label Capitol Records featuring many of his previous Australian hits. However, he wanted to shed his image as a teen pop idol and wished his fans took him as a more serious musician. So, he temporarily abandoned his musical pursuits and concentrated on acting instead.

Springfield was successful in securing many acting contracts, including The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Six-Million Dollar Man. He shot to fame, especially with his role as the dashing Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. Simultaneously, during this time, he also released his album “Working Class Dogs,” which carried the now-classic singles “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Jessie’s Girl.” The latter became an anthem of the 80s, earning him his Grammy.

Autobiography talks about depression, suicide

However, behind his success and boyish charm, feathered hair and tight suits that became the hallmarks of that era, Springfield also battled depression since his adolescence, something he revealed in his 2011 autobiography “Late, Late at Night.” Now 68, Springfield candidly reveals his past marred by mental illness and suicide attempt when he was just 16-year-old. It was by a stroke of luck that the rope’s knot with which he tried hanging unraveled. Back then, mental illness was still a taboo and people did not acknowledge it publicly.

He would feel insignificant, useless and unpopular, but could not understand why. He loathed himself and ended up staying away from school and avoiding people. He has sung about his gloomiest phase in “Suicide Manifesto” (from his new bluesy album The Snake King). In a recent interview about his new album, he divulged that he was very close to committing suicide again last year. It is indeed a lifelong battle that one has to deal with and he admits that it is a struggle.

Love for family kept him going

Springfield was distraught that even fame and success could not heal him. In 1985, at the peak of his career as an entertainer, Springfield took a sabbatical, quietly moving away from the spotlight and devoted time to raise his newborn son Liam and to focus on his healing through depression therapy.

Even his marriage of 33 years to Barbara Porter, 56, remained rocky. During the three decades they have been together, they have gone to therapists many times and were on the brink of a divorce, but somehow always got back together. Springfield says that even though he has given no reason for her to hang on to the marriage, she has been there for him and has been the reason for him to improve himself.

As of now, his sons – Liam, 32, and Josh, 28 – keep him going and he feels grateful for everything in life. Spending time at home with his wife is what makes him happy now. Meditation is also an essential tool that helps him focus and get to a place where he is not depressed.

Dealing with depression

Depression is a common mental illness. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 10.9 percent of young adults aged 18 to 25, 7.4 percent of 26 to 49-year olds and 4.8 percent of adults aged 50 and above respectively had a major depressive episode.

If you or your loved one is battling depression, contact the Texas Depression Treatment Helpline to get information about some of the best treatment centers for depression in Texas. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 827-0282 or chat online for more information about the depression recovery centers.