Naomi Judd

Ashley Judd speaks about mother’s passing

Diane Sawyer that aired Thursday, the actress confirmed Naomi Judd had died by suicide, and said she was sharing her story to help others who are struggling with mental illness.

As Ashley Judd copes with the loss of her mom, country music legend Naomi Judd, she is shining a spotlight on how to support loved ones with mental health struggles.

"'I wish I could've, why didn't I,' the 'if only,' that is the bargaining stage of grief, and, for me, it is my least favorite stage of grief because it is such a mind game," Judd said in her first interview since her mother's death last month

And that's another part of the lie, you know, that if I had done something differently, there would have been a different outcome."

In her grief, Judd said she kept going back to what she called the "three C's": "I didn't cause it, I can't control it, and I can't cure it." Don't compare your grief with others," she said of what she's learned so far. "Don't be too hard on yourself."

Judd also revealed to Sawyer that her mother -- part of the country music duo The Judds, which includes Ashley's sister, Wynonna -- died by suicide on April 30, just one day before her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.