Padalecki launched the ‘Always Keep Fighting’ campaign earlier this year to help those struggling with depression, addiction and suicide.
Jared Padalecki was left feeling very emotional and very loved during the ‘Supernatural’ panel at this year’s Comic-Con when 7,000 of the series’ fans decided to show their support for the actor, who has bravely opened up about his battle with depression.
Jared Padalecki stars as Sam Winchester on the CW’s ‘Supernatural’.
The former ‘Gilmore Girls’ star was left stunned when at the end of the panel, audience members each held up a lit candle representing Padalecki's Always Keep Fighting campaign which helps those battling depression, suicide and addiction.
Each candle came with a note instructing fans when to light them and an attachment which read, "Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not even the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you'll never fight alone.”
Speaking to E! following the emotional moment Padalecki said, "I just want to say thank you, so much. It’s stuff that I have dealt with and I'm still dealing with so it means so much to me. I hope the fans feel support from me the way I feel support from them. I love them all very much. I really do. Fight for each other. Love each other. Always keep fighting.”
The 34 year old had recently opened up to Variety about his personal struggle with depression telling the magazine, "And I, In the past, have had my own struggles of not (being) so happy with where I am in life, which is strange and I think it goes to show. … Maybe a lot of people don't know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down.”
"A doctor came to set and talked to me for about 30 minutes or 45 minutes and said, 'Jared, I think you're clinically depressed. I think I should write you a note and we can shut down production for five days and then we can take it from there.”
”There's no shame in having to fight every day," he added. ”But fighting every day, and presumably, if you're still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You're here. You might not win every battle. There are going to be some really tough days. There might be several tough times in any given single day, but hopefully, this will help somebody to think, 'This isn't easy; it is a fight, but I'm going to keep fighting.'"