Reality TV star Konrad Bien-Stephen opened up about his mental health struggles in a series of emotional Instagram Stories on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old Bachelorette contestant broke down in tears as he revealed to his followers that he is a suicide survivor after he attempted to take his own life in his 20s.
“Something I haven't really ever spoken about publicly is my challenges with mental health,” he shared.
“A lot of my friends don't even know that I'm actually a suicide survivor. I haven't really ever spoken about it because of the stigma I feel it has. I never really told too many people because, you know, you worry that people are going to think you're crazy, you're not going to get a job or whatever reason.”
Konrad began tearing up as he emphasised the importance of raising awareness and speaking up about mental health.
“People need to know it’s ok that you go through hard times,” he continued. “I lost a really close friend last year… He had the most beautiful smile and the world needs to hold onto those smiles.
“I was at rock bottom, and I have been a couple times in my life, and it does get better. I've just been lucky to have the support network and great friends that have got me through it and, you know, I've been comfortable to talk about it to an extent.”
The Challenge star went on to reveal that he’s pushing himself to run 300kms this month for Movember, and encouraged his followers to donate money to help reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030. Since 2019, Konrad has already raised over $4,500 for the charity.
“I’m doing it for my friend and for everyone else that’s been in those low points,” he said. “Lots of love to everybody.”
You can donate to Konrad’s Movember fundraiser here.
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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