Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness opens up about battle with depression

Jonathan Van Ness has bravely opened up about his battle with depression.

In a heartfelt interview with Time Out, Queer Eye’s grooming expert discussed the emotional trauma he experienced following the death of his stepfather.

“I was 25, and I was watching my stepdad pass away from cancer,” he revealed. “I was in yoga every day, I was in therapy, and I got on and off medication the same year.”

Jonathan stopped taking his medication and quit “cold turkey”, which worsened his condition.

He said he experienced withdrawal from his medication and “six months of psychotic depression”.

“If you do decide to get off, definitely wean yourself off,” the 31-year-old advised. “But the biggest thing about self-care is to be gentle with yourself and remember there’s no one way up that mountain.

Related: The Fab Five go to Australia in a brand new Queer Eye episode – watch.

“Maybe don’t take advice from this interview about what you should do with antidepressants, because I don’t know you.”

Read Jonathan’s interview with Time Out here.

If you’re worried about depression, or want to talk about any other issues, Switchboard LGBT+ helpline are here to listen.

You can read all about them on their website, switchboard.lgbt, and you can phone them on 0300 330 0630 between 10am-11pm every day.

LGBT charity Stonewall also have a section on their website full of advice and plenty of other information at stonewall.org.uk/help-advice.

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