Roy Wood Jr. Opens Up About His Mental Health & Advice for His Younger Self | The Daily Show

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Published on May 20, 2021

Roy Wood Jr. talks mental health, what he would tell his younger self, and what he wishes the world understood about mental illness. This #MentalHealthAction Day, support YOUR mental health at MentalHealthIsHealth.us #DailyShow #RoyWoodJr

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  • GABY NEVAREZ 3 years ago

    Wooow… Speechless at that ending

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  • royce wynn 3 years ago

    Bars

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  • The Covering 3 years ago

    your vulnerability is commendable
    much respect

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  • Achievement Raider 3 years ago

    <3

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  • Patrick Naswell 3 years ago

    This is wonderful and truly positive. Thank you, Roy.

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  • Anna Barr 3 years ago

    Practicing gratitude has helped me fight my depression, when I can’t find things to be grateful for, I try to make them. Thanks Roy for this video today.

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  • DethstruXioN ™ 3 years ago

    I kept waiting for him to make jokes, luckily he didn’t.
    Was nice to see him be serious for once.

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  • Lexing187 3 years ago

    Love this and I love Roy. Keep fighting the fight my friends.

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  • Rose Smith 3 years ago

    I love that Trevor’s gang Roy, Desi and Dulce are just so together with “getting it”.

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  • ansapo 3 years ago

    Thank you, Roy Wood Jr. This is very true and very helpful, for me.

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  • James Greer 3 years ago

    Thus has been an ignored part of the pandemic. When you say you’re struggling from isolation and lockdonws and stuff ppl just scoff and tell you to grow up.

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  • dizolv R 3 years ago

    Helpful

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  • Anna Neprawskey 3 years ago

    “happiness isn’t just a simple choice” well said !!

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  • Utz Sojourn 3 years ago

    This is amazing.

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  • Chelle F 3 years ago

    I loved seeing this side of him, it’s so gd relatable. I’m usually the funny, goofy one, but I have this side too, and the personality that I show is usually trying to suppress this side of me. Sometimes I overcompensate because I don’t want anyone to see that sometimes my mental health is questionable. Seeing this made me feel like I’m not “abnormal.”

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  • Donna Snyder 3 years ago

    Thanks for that last point. I have chronic depression, and people often tell me to just choose to be happy. I count my blessings, but that just makes me feel guilty for being sad, as so many have a harder life. If it were just a matter of choice, no one would be sorrowful.

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  • Janie Kilkelly 3 years ago

    I’ve always believed that comedians are the most complex and “thoughfilled” people. Brave to share the pain, great to see.

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  • Bernard Steinman 3 years ago

    Great points. Appreciate Mr. Wood going out of character to talk about this.

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  • 5%LowBattery 3 years ago

    The Little Understood Mental-Health Effects of Racial Trauma
    Racial trauma is experiencing psychological symptoms such as anxiety, hypervigilance to threat, or lack of hopefulness for your future as a result of repeated exposure to racism or discrimination.

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  • Dunno Aname 3 years ago

    Thank you.

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  • Guillermo Solorzano 3 years ago

    ty for that. I didn’t expect a piece like this from the show, much less from Roy. Much love to you brother. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • MLG GAMER 3 years ago

    I admire his realness and yes I agree positive company always helps mental health

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  • Robert Sweatman 3 years ago

    Totally wasn’t expecting this. Thank you, Roy!

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  • Mary Ann Ryan 3 years ago

    Thank you for this Roy. At first I kept expecting the punchline but loved it even more that there wasn’t one. Thank you for your candor.

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  • Roderick Veldman 3 years ago

    Mad respect Roy! Thank you for sharing, as I’ve struggled with these issues myself and thankfully came on top I can relate to what you’ve said. I still have people close to me struggling and dealing with this and it’s not always clear and easy to help them with it, these bits can help others that continue with their fight!

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  • Anil Gopi 3 years ago

    It’s really hard to break off from toxic family, but needs to be done.

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  • Peter Sime 3 years ago

    What a generous thing to share.

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  • Abdy Blanco 3 years ago

    Of you ever feel down remember 13 disliked this

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  • Claire Kaplan 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, thank you Roy <3 I hope seeing this will make young men of color feel more free to accept and understand their own feelings.

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  • Penny Lane 3 years ago

    Thank you, Roy.

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  • Thomas Wade 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing Roy

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  • Jolene F 3 years ago

    I never think “funny” people get sad, but Belushi, Candy, Williams….
    Thank you Mr Roy Wood, for the reminder, and for being so real.

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  • Albert Freeman 3 years ago

    Thank you.

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  • C LR 3 years ago

    roy choose the word wisely also didnt want to share the detail and look he didnt comfortable to talk this issue, i just hope you be happy & get better.

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  • Ross Parlette 3 years ago

    Just stop coughing! That’s a great way put it.

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  • Mike Moore 3 years ago

    <3 huge respect to Roy

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  • Kara Comiskey 3 years ago

    Roy Wood Jr. is my favorite correspondent on the Daily Show. Really cool to see him open up about his mental health. Definitely needed to hear this.

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  • Naani2011ful 3 years ago

    Thank you so much.

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  • E Higgins 3 years ago

    Loved this dude before seeing this, love him more now.

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  • Imorokr 3 years ago

    yo, this wasn’t funny :/

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  • Jordan Nicholas 3 years ago

    This really helped me as someone who is still furloughed and dealing with mental health issues;

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  • Sue Churchill 3 years ago

    Show me a person who is funny to everyone around and you generally see a person who is depressed and hiding behind the laughter.

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  • Andy W 3 years ago

    Thank You Roy for sharing your story with us.

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  • LaTonia Harris 3 years ago

    I take my hat off to Roy for sharing that because mental health is difficult to talk about. Especially on a public platform-King

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  • erickariggins 3 years ago

    Love. Thank you!

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  • A. R 3 years ago

    100% on the people that are around you, definitely transference, ungrateful human beings !!!!
    Doing my head in!

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  • Adriana B. 3 years ago

    I was waiting for the joke….

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  • Robert Kelly 3 years ago

    You’re a great man, Roy. You’re really f****n’ funny, but to let people know that it is okay, that it is normal, that people as great as you suffer is phenomenal.

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  • Jeradiah Williams 3 years ago

    I love his honesty about something that most black people refuse to talk about

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  • Sean Hight 3 years ago

    I can’t thank Roy enough for this sincere moment. I was afraid he’d laugh it off. And I needed to see this today, man. *hug*

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  • Celeste Pagano 3 years ago

    When I saw Roy’s Golden Corral bit a few mouths ago I was struck by his compassion and depth– and I’ve seen more of that quality of his since.

    Roy, you are a genuinely decent human. Thank you for being you.

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  • PPV 3 years ago

    The more i try to slow things down, the more they seem to be going too fast. My advise is “accept the situation as it is and focus your energy helping other people, it will do wonders for yourself.”

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  • Kay2Jay 3 years ago

    Roy with the most relatable thing I can think of. That is a lot of us including me, organizing and keeps your thoughts and emotions when they swell up all at once can be extremely hard sometimes. Thanks Roy for this reminder to just take things one at a time.

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  • Bite Th3 Hand 3 years ago

    I hate people who say “just smile”. Like im really sorry but im not simple minded or a stepford wife.

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  • Grampa Cucaracha 3 years ago

    I’m disappointed with his final message. It’s the same thing everybody is saying. We all accept that it’s not that easy to get over but hearing someone else repeat it doesnt inspire much hope. If I could share one thought on mental illness it would be that it is common. We are never as alone as we think we are. Even in solidarity of knowing there are other people out there who are the same amount of alone as me. Cool we share that!

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  • liane fehrle 3 years ago

    Mental problems is like a bad cough.

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  • corynardin 3 years ago

    Roy, I love you when you are telling jokes and I love you when you speak truth.

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  • N R 3 years ago

    I would so much rather hear from the real people.
    I don’t know why they all have to be weird, glaze-eyed, slightly psychotic versions of themselves for the show.
    Trevor doesn’t do it, why do they all feel they have to?
    Even when they’re being funny, they’re funnier as themselves. Thanks Roy, CP Time is my favourite segment.

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  • DvC W 3 years ago

    Thank you, Roy. The addressing one room at a time is too true. I gotta remember that. The overwhelmed feeling is so real.

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  • Richard Walker 3 years ago

    This was great. Thanks Roy.

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  • Patrick Metiva 3 years ago

    Roy…Thank You.

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  • Matthew Duerr 3 years ago

    Thank you

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  • Chang Dean 3 years ago

    Thanks Roy, for sharing your experiences! I’ve been suffering from some mental issues lately and I am glad I have people with positive and supportive attitude around me, I will get better!

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  • Marisa Harefeld 3 years ago

    Ah, I felt this in my soul.

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  • Kate Kibugi 3 years ago

    WOW that was eye opener on the depth of mental health.Thanks Roy for being real.

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  • justinthor 3 years ago

    Let’s talk about big pharma and how they do nothing to help mental health patients, they just constantly put out new drugs and get anyone with any issue in a month payment keeping people dependent on their product for the rest of their lives. Let’s talk about how many people commit suicide with the medication they were prescribed to help depression or other issues.

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  • Jeanne Farrar 3 years ago

    Hey, Roy! Love you even more! Thanks for this.

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  • Monky Dollqueen 3 years ago

    You have to speak to be heard, but sometimes you have to be silent to be appreciated.

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  • d d 3 years ago

    all love, for Roy Brown…

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  • AV C 3 years ago

    Looooooove this! Thank you for being candid about your mental health. Wish more people would do the same.

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  • La Kesha The Man 3 years ago

    Thank you Roy

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  • Cornelius Thompson 3 years ago

    Sorry, was still waiting for a joke to pop until I realized Roy was serious.

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  • David Ealy 3 years ago

    This is fantastic. Thank you for this.

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  • TheTfroggy912 3 years ago

    When you already like Roy but now you extra like Roy. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Shweta Bare 3 years ago

    If body is healthy mind is healthy. If body is unhealthy you bound to get depression.

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  • Anita Bhoyroo 3 years ago

    Your state of mind is your personal choice,you can choose to be happy or sad or,hurt. No one can choose,for you. We cannot change the world but we can change ourselves to adapt.

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  • Rutger Colin Kips 3 years ago

    <3

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  • Cammi Ramos 3 years ago

    More issues !!! To deal with ! Ve honest with self ask forgiveness expe toon tax an death all we all only got ! Your reflection of need !!! How you choose to think most need to accepted. It shows caring kindness love unity joy an blessing of security!!!

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  • Chase Lim 3 years ago

    Roy wood jr is always funny but you can tell the guy is deep and has experienced a lot in life too .

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  • Linda Lupita 3 years ago

    Wow, he is incredible

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