Over the past year or so, Nicholas Brendon's battles with depression and alcoholism have been well-documented, but even though the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star has been open about suffering from mental health problems, some paps are still being shockingly irresponsible when it comes to broadcasting his lowest moments to the public eye.
Radar Online reached a whole new low when they published leaked footage of Brendon attempting to slash his wrists in Saratoga Springs, New York, back in September and the video is a truly shocking testament to how little regard they have for Brendon's welfare.
In the footage, the 44-year-old actor can be seen cutting his wrist with a knife and struggling to stand upright before eventually slumping over onto the sidewalk. He was luckily spotted by a passerby who came to his aid.
After seeing the upsetting footage for himself, Brendon has opened up about how hurtful it was to see one of the darkest moments of his life broadcast in the guise of public entertainment and he posted the following candid message on his Facebook page about the unethical breach of privacy:
After slamming the press for exploiting his vulnerable state, Brendon went on to encourage those who were experiencing depression to reach out for help instead of retreating into the darkness.
Despite how upset and angry Brendon must have been about the video of him attempting to take his own life being leaked, he still took the time out to thank his fans for supporting him through the rough times:
In recent times, Brendon has clearly been finding it hard to cope with both his depression and struggles with alcohol abuse and prescription painkillers. He was arrested for allegedly strangling his girlfriend at the beginning of October, but has since sought treatment in rehab in an attempt to break the vicious cycle of hurting those around him.
Let's all hope that Brendon manages to get the help he needs during these particularly difficult times.
If you or a friend are experiencing suicidal thoughts please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 any time night or day. You are not alone.