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Former Made in Chelsea star JP has opened up about his mental health battles

He admitted he had considered taking his own life at one point.

IT ISN’T EASY for people to open up about their mental health issues. On the day where a body has been found in the search for Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson, opening up and talking about your problems is something we need to keep doing.

Former Made in Chelsea star Josh ‘JP’ Patterson has done just that. Speaking on The Wright Stuff JP revealed that just 3 years ago he was considering taking his own life.

Three years ago I hit rock bottom. My self worth was non-existent to the point where I was taking my – or I was going to take my life. And something in that moment stopped me from doing it and the reason why I’m so passionate about this now is that when you think there is nothing to live for, I’d like to think that I’m one of those individuals that can prove to you that there is.’

JP is currently dating Binky Felstead and the couple have an 11 month old daughter which is something JP could not have imagined 3 years previously.

I’ve just started my own business and just had a series commissioned connected to the mental strength of humanity in general. So don’t for one second ever doubt yourself, and please, please reach out for support.’

Reaching out for support is incredibly important and it’s incredibly important to check in with your mates if you think one of them is having a hard time. You don’t know what difference you could make to someone’s life.

There is no shame in reaching out and asking for help.

If you need to talk, contact:

Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
Aware 1800 804848 (depression, anxiety)
Pieta House 1800 247247 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)
Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833634 (for ages 13 to 19)
Childline 1800 666666 (for under 18s)

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