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Queer Eye's Karamo says he's 'living proof' things can change following suicide attempt in 2006

‘Things do get better.’

IN AN EXCEPTIONALLY poignant Instagram upload, Karamo Brown revealed that he attempted suicide in 2006.

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Recalling a ‘very dark’ period in his life, the Queer Eye star explained that he saw little hope for his future.

In a video that has amassed just shy of a quarter of a million views, the 37-year-old recalled his thought process at the time, saying:

Everything that was happening to me was never going to change and I tried to take my own life. And if it wasn’t for my best friends Raymond and Tre calling the ambulance and getting me off the couch, I probably would not be here today.

Acknowledging his role on Queer Eye, Karamo stressed that his dedication to helping people is not simply born of his qualifications, but his own personal experience of mental and emotional anguish. 

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 and we just don’t know where to turn and every day it seems darker and darker.

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Speaking to his followers which number in excess of 1.6 million, Karamo reached out to those in distress and urged them to seek help.

But I want you to know that things do get better. If you get help and you do the work daily, you life can change, I’m living proof of that.

He concluded his post with a reminder that we’re all responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of our social circle.

And if you know someone in your life that’s going through it, reach out to them. You could be their support.

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 Karamo’s post has been inundated with messages of support.

So grateful you are here with us and able to be so open and vulnerable about such an important topic.
I am so thankful you shared your story and so so glad you are still here with us.
Thank you for speaking your truth Karamo.

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