February 22nd, 2011

QOTD: Noémie Lenoir On Her Suicide Attempt

People say, ‘How could she do it, how could she try and kill herself, didn’t she think about her son?’ But they don’t understand. I love my son so much. But I didn’t think I was good enough, I thought I was poison. Poison for me and poison for him. When I was depressed I felt like I was poisoning his life by being in it.

Heavy stuff, Kickettes.

Noémie opened up to The Guardian about her suicide attempt last year. We are, of course, happy to report that Noémie is doing well and living in France with her six-year-old son Kelyan (daddy is retired footballer Claude Makélélé).  She blames her actions on a “very deep depression” and calls them “really, really stupid”. She’s made a number of positive changes in her life, including learning to drive and changing her eating habits, and looks to be back on the right track.

If the accompanying fashion spread is anything to go by, we’d say that Noémie is back and better than ever. Click here to see her model looks from Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and Chanel.


Depression can be a lifelong struggle. If you wish to seek help, please do so through a support network like The Samaritans.

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14 Responses to “QOTD: Noémie Lenoir On Her Suicide Attempt”

  1. FEO says:

    Claude Makélélé is not retired, he still plays for PSG

  2. @DebStimson says:

    Yes, you are exactly right. Very few people want to talk about it but I think that is because there are still so many people that think it's a "weakness" and that people can "choose" not to be depressed.

    The most important thing that friends and/or family can do, if they feel a person is either a danger to themselves or others is to call 911. Well…that's in the US, not sure how it is in other countries but generally this summons the police and an ambulance. The person is then taken to the hospital where they are evaluated by professionals and if deemed necessary, hospitalized involuntarily. Yes, the person may end up being pissed at you but if you save their or someone else's life, it will be worth it, imo.

  3. jamtartheart says:

    Good for her; I'm glad to hear she's doing better, and wish her all the best.

  4. Maria says:

    being depress is probably the WORST state of mind you can be in ….. i been their …. it's more common then ppl think …. I know I tried to deny it for the longest time before i got help … i went from being an athlete & A+ student wanting to do go to college and become a doctor,athletic trainer, lawyer, journalist …. or teacher/coach … to not trusting ppl, wanting to do nothing and even thinking about sucide …. i'm still not a 100% but i'm better then what I was …. & i love reading stories of other ppl that went through what i went through and are better….. THX KICKETTE!!!

    • @DebStimson says:

      I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. Keep up with the therapy and meds ( if you're on them), even when you start to feel like you're 100%. You may also be interested in group therapy, if there is something like that by you. It helps to share/learn from others who are struggling with depression or other mental illnesses.

      Don't give up your dreams about wanting to attend college. And, as hard as it is to do sometimes, try to get back to doing the things that you enjoy and try to get as much exposure to the sun as you can. That doesn't mean sitting out in the sun but even sitting near a sunny window works. Visiting Kickette is a good suggestion too. Between the articles and comments from leaders, you can be assured of some laughter and things that make you smile. ;)

  5. Alexandria Samuel says:

    I don't like the way people judge others who attempt suicide. Nobody knows what was going through her head at that time. I'm just very glad that she's alive and her son still has his beautiful mother.

    • eternaldreamer says:

      It is sad that during this time people would judge her. One cannot know a stranger's state of mind in such a situation. I am happy that she spoke out. Hopefully it will inspire others who might be in a similar position to seek help.

    • Crackers says:

      I don't like the way people judge suicides either- they literally seem to have no clue about mental illness and the fact that getting better isn't as easy as just deciding to be better one fine day.

      I'm so glad she's alive, too, and that she appears to be doing better.

    • dontaskmetosmile says:

      I completely agree. Implying that she didn't love and care about her son enough, is the worst possible insult to a mother. No one, not even if they've been in the position of contemplating/attempting suicide themselves, is in a position to judge anyone who tries/does the same thing. We can judge everything else they've done in their lives, but how they choose to end their life is up to the God they believe in to judge.

      So happy that she is feeling better and is healthier both in mind and body. I hope for her and her son's sake she stays that way.


  6. Rossanera says:

    Thanks for shedding light on a serious issue that's so often overlooked, Kickette.

  7. Titi14 says:

    Claude Makelele is not retired, he's the captain of the team PSG… (french premierleague)

  8. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    Im glad she's doing well :) Depression is a serious issue, and not many people are aware of that!! And suicide is a PERMANENT decision for a temporary problem.

    • @DebStimson says:

      A Major Depression Disorder (also known as Clinical Depression) is not just a mental health issue but also a true medical condition. Many people don't understand that and think that a depressed person can just "get over it" or should just "buck up". And, often times depression isn't temporary but a lifelong condition. That being said, it's symptoms can be managed with proper meds and therapy. However, the stigma attached to mental illness is such that many people who suffer won't seek treatment.

      Also, for those who been so "low" that they considered or attempted suicide, the only thought on their mind is finding a way to stop the pain. There is no "conscious" thought involved about how it may affect others.

  9. Jenn says:

    So glad she's feeling better. It's sad that so many ppl still think that depression isn't an illness!