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Why 'Queer Eye's' Karamo Brown Opened Up About His Past Suicide Attempt

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As part of the Fab Five in the popular makeover show “Queer Eye,” Karamo Brown helps people embrace who they are and take care of their mental health. In a video posted Thursday, Brown shared a personal reason mental health is so important to him — 12 years ago, he survived a suicide attempt.

“I was in a very dark place. I just felt like life could not get any better,” he said.  “Everything that was happening to me was never going to change and I tried to take my own life.”

He said if it weren’t for his two friends who called an ambulance, he might not be here today. Ultimately, he wanted people to know that even when things are dark, they do get better.

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, it’s because it’s important to me. It’s not just because I’m trained in this field, but because 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. That if you get help and you do the work daily, your life can change. I’m living proof of that.

Some took to Twitter to thank Brown for being so open about his struggles.

You never know what people have been through, and it’s important when people who’ve survived share their stories, letting others know they’re not alone. “And if you know someone in your life who’s going through it, reach out to them,” Brown said. “You could be their support.”

Originally published: August 31, 2018
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