Karamo Brown of ‘Real World’ and now ‘Queer Eye’ fame reveald that he attempted suicide 12 years ago.
via Page Six:
“Today in 2006 I was sitting on my couch alone, attempting to commit suicide. In my mind life was over for me,” he wrote on Instagram. “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!”
Brown, 37, who is now a mental health professional — and future bomber jacket designer — followed up his initial post with a video thanking fans for supporting him and encouraging anyone struggling with mental health issues to get help.
“I was in a very dark place, I just felt like life could not get any better. Everything that was happening to me was never going to change and I tried to take my own life,” he said. “I want you all to know that as you see me on ‘Queer Eye’ helping people with their mental health and you see me on my social media helping people it’s because it’s important to me, not just because I’m trained in this field but because I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues.
He thanked his best friends saying he “probably would not be here today” had they not called an ambulance following his attempt.
Brown has become known for his uplifting role as the “culture expert” on the Netflix show.
“I want you to know that things do get better and if you get help and you do the work daily your life can change,” he said. “I’m living proof of that and if you know someone in your life who is going through it, reach out to them, you could be their support.”
If Karamo’s story isn’t enough, let US tell anyone who’s listening — it DOES get better.
#HeyFriends… I’m so overwhelmed and inspired by everyone’s kind words that I had to do a video. As a mental health professional I believe We all need to make our Mental Health a priority. Wether you’re sad, depressed or suicidal like I was… you can make it through. There is a better day around the corner with support. Big thank you to @rayauxais & @treatomic I love you both more thank you’ll ever know. If you need help call 1-866-488-7386 @trevorproject