This new clip is heartbreaking
Sometimes, Teen Mom can be the most uplifting thing fans will tune into all week. As the cast members overcome huge hurdles, shower their children with love, and find love for themselves, the show can be a source of encouragement and inspiration for its millions of viewers. However, just like their viewers, the cast members have their ups and downs, and sometimes their lows can be positively devastating.
Teen Mom has never shied away from the more difficult parts of life, which viewers can tell, as mental illness has been playing a role in this season’s hardships. Now, Catelynn Lowell is admitting on camera for the first time that she’s been struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Part of being on Teen Mom is having all elements of your life exposed, even the private moments. Catelynn Lowell’s recent battle with depression and suicidal thoughts may not be something she would have chosen to publicize, but it would otherwise be hard for MTV crews to explain why one of their stars randomly disappeared before the season ended. Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra have also always openly spoke about mental health, so it’s not a surprise that Catelynn has chosen to be vocal about her trip to treatment. Fans may not have expected the on-camera reveal to be quite so devastating though.
In the clip, Catelynn and Tyler drive to the airport, and it’s clear there’s something going on just from their expressions. On top of that, Catelynn — who normally seems to dodge smoking on screen — had a cigarette in her hand, which shows there’s something up. When Cate’s phone starts ringing, she picks it up to reveal that it’s her mother-in-law, Tyler’s mom Kim.
You got this!
“I’m on my way to the airport,” Catelynn reveals to her. “Cause I’m going to treatment.” Her mom asks, “What made this decision, honey?”
“I contemplated every single way that I could kill myself today,” Catelynn reveals, her voice breaking as she begins to cry. “Honey!” her mother exclaims. “You’re a great mother, a great wife, and we’re going to be praying for you every day!”
Catelynn tells her mother she’ll be gone for 30 days, and Kim is full of support. “I’m really really happy that you’re going to get help,” she says, adding, “You got this! You got this, okay?!”
Catelynn announced via Twitter in real time that she was checking into treatment and later extended her stay. Fans have been concerned about her recovery. Plus, with recent footage seeming to confirm rumors that Catelynn and Tyler recently suffered a miscarriage, Catelynn’s devastation is perfectly reasonable.