‘Queer Eye’ Star Karamo Brown Opens Up About Past Suicide Attempt
“There is a better day around the corner with support”
Queer Eye star Karamo Brown just revealed that he attempted suicide 12 years ago.
"I was in a very dark place. I just felt like life could not get any better," Brown shared in a video posted to his social media accounts yesterday. "Everything that was happening to me was never going to change, and I tried to take my own life."
He continued by crediting his best friends with saving his life and emphasizing the importance of support and getting help.
"I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues and we just don't know where to turn and every day seems darker and darker," Brown said. "But I want you to know that things do get better. 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."
It wasn't long before fans began flooding the comment section with messages of support and love. Fellow Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness also chimed in, writing, "Vulnerability shows such strength & helps to remove the stigma around mental illness. Thanks bae."
Others commended Brown for being transparent about his past struggle, especially given the stigma surrounding mental health amongst black men and the black community-at-large.
"Thank you for being a black man in mental health who promotes mental health," one Instagram commenter wrote. "It’s not always promoted in the black community, especially among men, so having your voice and model of strength through vulnerability is seen, heard, and appreciated!!!"
Watch Brown's video in full, below.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.