"I'm not pushing things down and burying things. I'm talking about them," Taylor says
"It just has been priceless for us," Taylor, 31, told PEOPLE exclusively while co-hosting the first Lemons Foundation Charity Gala in Los Angeles with his wife, Tay, on Monday.
He continued, "My mental health journey recently has been great, because I'm not pushing things down and burying things. I'm talking about them. I'm being open about them."
The Twilight alum went on to add that having conversations with other people has helped both him and Tay realize that "we're not alone."
"We're having those conversations with other people, which also leads to learning and realizing that one, we're not alone," he added. Taylor also shared that through speaking with guests about their struggles they've also learned "a little bit about ourselves."
Tay, a mental health and self care advocate, shared that she agreed with her husband about the positive impact the podcast has had on their mental health so far.
"I feel like we're both in a very good spot together, and jamming out work, and life and relationships. It's been good," she said.
During their speech at the gala, Tay shared that the loss of her close friend Jared who died by suicide inspired her passion for mental health. She and Taylor dedicated the night to Jared, whose family was in the audience.
"Jared was a very important person in my life, growing up during my formative years," she said. "He was the best guy friend that any girl could ask for."
Tay continued, "What a lot of us didn't know is that Jared struggled with bipolar disorder and ended up losing his life during a manic episode. And at that point in my life, it was kind of a changing point for me where I kind of took a different view on mental health."
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She went on to add that "At that moment I was like, you know, I say it still today, that every life lost is a life gained because of Jared's life. Taylor and I and everyone here tonight, were able to help save so many more lives."
Taylor then outlined his hopes for both the podcast and The Lemons Foundation going forward.
"Our goal tonight and for this next year, and hopefully for many years to come, is to provide, we all go through struggles," he said. "We all have horrible days, horrible years. But it's important to be reminded that, one, you're not alone. And then two, our goal is to provide the tools and resources. So when somebody is going through that horrible day, that horrible month, horrible year, know that there's a way out of it."
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.
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