*Karamo Brown of the Netflix series “Queer Eye” revealed Thursday that he attempted suicide 12 years ago.
“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, currently a 37-year-old mental health professional and “culture expert” for “Queer Eye,” 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 911 following his attempt.
He added: “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. 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.”