Karamo Brown has opened up about a past suicide attempt in a moving video message.
The activist and Queer Eye presenter took to social media to share with his followers that 12 years ago in 2006, he attempted to take his own life after suffering with mental health issues by himself.
“I was in a very dark place. I just felt like life could not get any better, [and that] everything that was happening to me was never going to change, and I tried to take my own life,” he said.
He added that if it wasn’t for his two friends who found him and called an ambulance, he “probably would not be here today”.
“I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues, and we just don’t know where to turn, and every day it seems darker and darker, but I want you to know that things do get better,” he continued.
“If you get help and you do the work daily, your life can change. I’m living proof of that. And if you know someone in your life that’s going through it, reach out to them. You could be their support.”
Today in 2006 I was sitting on my couch alone & attempted to commit suicide. In my mind life was over for me. But I got mental health support & worked each day to believe again. And here I am happy & healthy. I made it and If you’re going through something you can make it too! pic.twitter.com/dKYj5ZsLAj
— Karamo Brown (@KaramoBrown) August 30, 2018
Karamo’s video message got plenty of positive responses from followers on Twitter.
“Thank you for sharing your story and helping others going through similar situations. We’re proud of you for how far you’ve come,” wrote the Buddy Project, a charity which aims to prevent suicide and self-harm.
“Your openness about this will help so many people,” added another follower.
For help and advice on mental health issues, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit their website.