Karamo Brown, who appears on Queer Eye as the expert in culture, recently opened up about a dark period in his life, and revealed that, exactly 12 years ago, he attempted to take his own life.
Brown, who was born in Texas and raised in Florida, opened up about the concept of mental health, and the numerous struggles that it entails, as he found himself to be in a ‘really dark place’.
The lifestyle coach along with the other Fab 5 on Netflix’s Queer Eye took to Instagram to share a video with his followers, in which he opened up about his attempt to commit suicide in 2006.
“Hey friends, so I decided to do a quick little video about the fact that I shared that today in 2006, I did attempt to commit suicide,” he stated. “You know, I was in very dark place. I just felt like life could not get any better. Everything that was happening to me was never going to change and I tried to take my own life.”
The 37-year-old continued, “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.”
Karamo Brown has been an advocate for mental health, and has been a forerunner to create awareness of it on his show Queer Eye. He says he gives this its due attention because it is of immense importance to him.
#HeyFriends… I’m so overwhelmed and inspired by everyone’s kind words that I had to do a video. As a mental health professional I believe We all need to make our Mental Health a priority. Wether you’re sad, depressed or suicidal like I was… you can make it through. There is a better day around the corner with support. Big thank you to @rayauxais & @treatomic I love you both more thank you’ll ever know. If you need help call 1-800-273-8255
“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,” he explained. “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 there support,” he further stated.
Karamo’s co-hosts and close friends on the show take on the responsibility to transform the lives of men, in and around Atlanta, collectively. The Fab 5 change the outlook of the individuals, who appear on their show, on their appearance, diet, lifestyle, and personality.
Karamo’s story has garnered him a lot of warm support from friends and fans alike, who flooded his Instagram post with heartwarming wishes. Amongst the many people who responded to Karamo’s story, his co-host, Jonathan Van Ness could not resist extending support yo his friend publicly.
“Vulnerability shows such strength & helps to remove the stigma around mental illness. Thanks bae,” he wrote in the comments section. “If anyone ever needs someone to talk to @TrevorProject is always there.”
Karamo extended the invitation to his followers to reach out as a final note which he shared on his Instagram.
He wrote, “There is a better day around the corner with support. Big thank you to @rayauxais & @treatomic I love you both more thank you’ll ever know. If you need help call 1-866-488-7386 @trevorproject.”