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Alexa Ray Joel To Speak Out About The "Heartbreak-Related Depression" That Led To Suicide Attempt

Jan. 1 2010, Published 8:10 a.m. ET

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Alexa Ray Joel is speaking out about her plans to help others avoid the kind of depression that almost cost her her life.  The daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel went public on her Facebook page, also thanking her family and friends for their support.

"I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support," Alexa wrote. broke the story of Alexa's hospitalization December 5. The pills she'd taken she now says were homeopathic but she nevertheless became so frightened, she called 911. Emergency crews rushed her to St. Vincent's Hospital, where she stayed overnight.

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Alexa Ray Joel In Suicide Attempt

She revealed that she's returning to music and is going back to school.  Her most important goal, Alexa said, is to "help young girls with something I know a GREAT deal about: Heartbreak-Related Depression.  Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition that often gets swept under the carpet. I hope to bring this topic more to light."

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