Thank you, Tim Gunn.
The Project Runway star released a video message earlier today to gay youth in which he reveals he tried to take his own life when he was a teenager by swallowing 100 pills …
"As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself," Gunn says in the spot for the It Gets Better Project. "I'm happy to say today that attempt was unsuccessful. But at the time it was all that I could contemplate."
Gunn urges gay youth looking for help to The Trevor Project, a nationwide suicide prevention hotline.
"I understand the desperation," he says. "I understand the despair. And I understand how isolated you can feel."
But then he adds, "Reach out. Get help. You're not alone. It will get better—I promise."
The Trevor Project can be reached at 1-866-488-7386. Calls are free and confidential.