On June 17, authorities were called to actress Heather Locklear’s house following a report that she had threatened to take her own life.
According to TMZ, the actress, best known for her role in “Melrose Place” and “Dynasty,” was reportedly agitated earlier that day, causing her parents to worry.
Locklear’s parents drove to the 56-year-old actress’s house to check on her. As TMZ reports, when her parents arrived at the house, Locklear allegedly got violent and began hitting her father and chocking her mother.
That’s when her mother made the 911 call.
Locklear’s mother told the dispatcher that the actress was “acting erratically” and that she was threatening to hurt herself. The mom said Locklear was actively looking for gun to “shoot herself.”
First responders who arrived at the scene took Locklear to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. According to TMZ, the incident has been deemed medical and no criminal charges will be filed.
This isn’t the first time this year that Locklear has reportedly been violent towards her loved ones. In February, as TMZ reports, Locklear was arrested for felony domestic violence against her then-boyfriend. During that specific arrest, Locklear threatened to shoot the responding police officers.
It is unclear if Locklear has been released from the hospital yet.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), family members of a person who is struggling shouldn’t be scared to reach out for help. According to NAMI:
Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step. Reach out to your health insurance, primary care doctor or state/country mental health authority for more resources. And contact the NAMI HelpLine to find out what services and supports are available in your community.
As the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports, every form of mental illness has its own symptoms, but here are a few common signs:
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria.
- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger.
- Thoughts about suicide.
- Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress.
- Excessive worrying or fear.
- Feeling excessively sad or low.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.