Crenshaw reaches out to Davidson; embodies military spirit of service and camaraderie

Eye on Veterans
December 18, 2018 - 4:55 pm

Image courtesy of Saturday Night Live's YouTube

After a dark, troubling, and now-deleted Instagram post on Saturday morning prompted a "wellness check" from New York Police, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson's mental health has reignited the conversation about suicide.

Courtesy of Instagram

"I really don't want to be on this Earth anymore. I'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i've ever tried to do was help people," Davidson wrote.

Davidson has been open about his battle with borderline personality disorder & depression, and this is not the first time he's addressed his mental health on social media. After deleting the post, Davidson also deleted his Instagram account. 

Not unexpectedly, there was an outpouring of support across social media and perhaps more surprisingly, more personal support in the form of a phone call from Congressman and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw. 

In an interview with Houston local news station KPRC, Congressman Crenshaw said "You don't want to see somebody in that kind of position."

Crenshaw said that he spoke with Davidson on Sunday, noting that they don't go back very far but he thinks Davidson appreciated hearing from him. 

"I told him everybody has a purpose in this world, God put you here for a reason," continues Crenshaw. "Know that you have value and you can do more good than you realize for people."

You may remember that Davidson made headlines in early November, mocking Crenshaw's appearance.

Davidson joked, "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie."  Then he added a line that made it worse, saying "I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war -- or whatever."

The floodgates opened.

But one week later, Crenshaw appeared alongside Davidson on SNL's Weekend Update section.  Davidson gave a heart-felt apology, which Crenshaw accepted.  


To get help or talk to someone, the Military Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255 or you can access their online chat by texting 838255.


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