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Report: Alexa Ray Joel to speak out on depression

Alexa Ray Joel, who was rushed to the hospital last month after taking several pills, plans to speak out about the "heartbreak-related depression" that contributed to the incident, Us Weekly reports.

The recovering musician posted a note New Year's Eve on Facebook to acknowledge her friends, fans and supporters. "I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support," Joel wrote. "It's certainly been a whirlwind of a month, but reading all of your encouraging posts has never failed to cheer me up!"

Joel, 24, the daughter of music legend Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, swallowed a handful of homeopathic pills on Dec. 5 and was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. The pills were not capable of killing her, but Joel panicked and called 911 for help.

In her Facebook note, Joel mentions "many new exciting developments" for 2010: "creative projects" and volunteer work, including a new pet cause. Joel also says she wants "to help young girls with something I feel 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."

Early last month, Joel had been dealing with the breakup of her long-term relationship with former bandmate Jimmy Riot. Joel, a graduate of NYU, says she plans to continue her education to further examine her depression.

"I'm even going back to school for psychology in hopes to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face," she says. "After all, there's nothing more fascinating than the human mind and its respective conditions."

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