Queer Eye fans will agree that Karamo Brown is a beacon of positivity. His empowering words and heartfelt advice has touched many contestants on the beloved Netflix show.
Karamo has encouraged followers to seek help for mental health issues after revealing he attempted suicide 12 years ago.
He opened up about his struggles in a moving Instagram post: “Today in 2006 I was sitting on my couch alone, attempting to commit suicide.”
The activist said he believed life was over for him, however with the support of his friends he sought out help: “I got mental health support and worked each day to believe again.”
He reminded people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “Here I am happy and healthy. I made it and If you’re going through something you can make it too!”
The lifestyle coach was showered with love and support when he opened up about his personal struggles.
Fans praised him for his strength and courage. Using his public platform to raise awareness about suicide and mental health will make a huge difference.
“As a mental health professional I believe we all need to make our mental health a priority,” the dad stressed.
Karamo told those struggling to never give up, no matter what: “Whether you’re sad, depressed or suicidal like I was… you can make it through.”
He added: “There is a better day around the corner with support.”
Discussing such a personal and harrowing struggle with the public takes a lot of courage. Karamo’s story is bound to touch many people across the globe. Knowing you’re not alone in this battle can be one of the most reassuring things for those with mental illnesses.
We are so in awe of Karamo’s honesty. Here’s to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.
Contact Samaritans on 116 123 if you're suffering from mental health issues or feeling suicidal.