The actor and his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, have not allowed America's self-isolation guidelines to interrupt their marriage counselling, and he is urging other couples to follow their lead and keep up the sessions online.
"My therapist reached out to me and my wife and said, like, 'You guys want to do online sessions? We can do online sessions'. So hopefully your therapists are accommodating," he told Variety.
"If you have someone, don't just stop seeing them because you can't see them in person or find a way to connect with them, whether it's through FaceTime or any other means, like things don't have to stop. And as a biblical reminder, my mom always says to me, 'This too shall pass'. We will make it through to the other side. Hang in there. You are not alone."
Sterling is also concerned about those struggling with mental health issues in lockdown: "The feelings of isolation that you can have when you're dealing with a mental illness in and of itself can be debilitating," he said. "Now in the presence of social distancing and actually keeping away from people, it can only be exacerbated."
"Find community, whether it is through your text chains... and through the (video conferencing app) zooms, through by any means necessary, find a way to connect to your people."
The actor has passed his love of therapy down to his oldest son, adding, "I said, 'You can go by yourself, big boy... it can be all private, or if you want me to come with you, I can come with you'. He's like, 'Yeah, I want you to come with me', and so we had this really lovely moment and I get a chance to raise a kid who has no stigma associated with the idea of asking for help."