Dove Cameron opened up about going to therapy in the months following the death of her Descendants costar Cameron Boyce. Dove encouraged her fans to prioritize their mental health and seek treatment if necessary.
“Just out of another therapy/intensive trauma session. Feeling a bit lighter, but also heavily reminded of just how much real work I have to do/pain i have to untangle,” Dove, 23, shared on Twitter on November 26. “This life is hard, y’all. And mental health/needing help is nothing to be ashamed of. Take care of yourselves.”
She added, “Also: I know therapy isn’t something everyone has access to/can afford, & I wish that wasn’t the case.”
“But in whatever way you can, whatever you have access to; please prioritize your inner state/mental health,” Dove encouraged fans. “Before you can help anyone else, you must help yourself. You matter.”
Dove has been grieving the tragic death of her Descendants costar Cameron. The former Jessie star died at age 20 on July 6 after complications from epilepsy.
The former Liv And Maddie shared a video on Instagram on July 9 to address how she was feeling about the passing of Cameron. “The last 72 hours have felt like two weeks and I’ve spent them trying to put my thoughts and feelings into words that may communicate anything about what I’m feeling but I’ve been unsuccessful,” she began.
Dove broke down in tears as she said, “Cameron was one of my favorite people alive in this world though I know that’s not unique to me. Cameron was magic; an on earth angel. Over the last six years since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns. I can’t count the number of times we ruined scenes because we couldn’t stop laughing.”
“Everyone keeps talking about how talented he was, and he was undoubtedly the most talented person most of us will ever know,” she said. “But what was special about Cameron was who he was in the small moments...the moments in between the big ones when he didn’t have to be good or kind, Cameron was always good and kind.”
Dove ended her tribute, “Goodbye, my dear, dear friend and brother. You leave behind a colossal wake, a profound chasm that can never be filled. But you also leave millions and millions of deeply impacted hope-filled and love-filled human beings, who are who they are because of you and how you spent your brief 20 years on this earth. You deserved so much more time.”