TOWIE's Charlie King should be proud of himself for de-stigmatising mental health issues
Mental health is not the easiest subject to talk about at the best of times, and for men, who are pretty useless at opening up about any kind of serious stuff, it’s worse.
‘I hit rock
bottom,’ he told me during the interview. ‘I felt I had nothing in the world of any substance, I had the car, the
clothes, the health but inside I felt empty. I became more and more
introverted and didn’t want to speak to anyone.’
The handsome star also confided that at times he felt like ending it all by throwing himself in front of a train. ‘I thought to myself, “If I’m going to do it, I will do it in front of a train – because
Luckily for us, Charlie never attempted to take his own life and eventually found a way out of his black hole by talking to the Samaritans.
Brave men like Charlie and the likes of Matt Johnson who recently told Now about his battle with depression, should be applauded for stepping up and normalising mental health.
The mere mention of depression has always scared people. For some reason, there’s a belief that if you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t happen.
But the simple fact is people do suffer from depression, people do have problems and shying away from them doesn’t mean they will stop existing.
Instead, we need to understand them and be aware of them and not stigmatise them.
And Charlie has done just that and proved that a well-adjusted, successful and handsome young man can easily suffer from something like depression and not be ashamed about it.
So thank you Charlie for being so open and honest. Be proud of the fact that by speaking to Now about your tough times you will help others who are lost in their own dark place eventually find their own inner peace.
Read the full interview in Now out now.