Sara Ramírez is not the one to shy away from difficult conversations, and the actor recently opened up about how they contemplated suicide during the pandemic.

In an interview with Variety, the 46-year-old "Grey's Anatomy" alum shared that their mental health took a turn for the worse in the last couple of years. "I remember calling the National Suicide Hotline for the very first time. I called some folks, but their phones were off, and I thought, 'Well, there's this hotline.…'," Ramírez said of a late night in May 2020.

The pandemic, along with the numerous violent and racist attacks against the Black community, triggered Ramírez's "own personal trauma," leading them to contemplate suicide.

"This person really talked me off a ledge, and got me back into my body. I could acknowledge my feelings without becoming them, and it was really helpful. I was particularly vulnerable at that time, and I sought out support."

The constant negativity everywhere, including in the news, and being forced to stay inside just added fuel to the fire, Ramírez shared. "It just painted a picture of the world that I wasn't sure I wanted to be a part of," they said.

Even though Ramírez was able to get "support," they said, "it was a really rough year where, for the most part, I had to release all attachments to permanence in every direction."

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Actress Sara Ramirez, from ABC's "Grey's Anatomy", poses on the red carpet during People En Espanol's "50 Most Beautiful" event in New York May 17, 2007. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Once Ramírez got the help they needed, they began to direct their attention and energy to more worthy causes, like participating in Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020, as per People.

In fact, it was after one of those protests that they shared they identify as nonbinary on Instagram. The caption read: "In me is the capacity to be / Girlish boy / Boyish girl / Boyish boy / Girlish girl / All / Neither #nonbinary."

Ramírez previously shared that coming out as non-binary helped them understand themself better, according to People. "It's been so freeing to finally know myself and to understand that I live in a more fluid space."

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.