KATIE Price opened up about how she “planned her suicide” at the beginning of last year after reaching “crunch point”, begging anybody else suffering to seek help.
The 42-year-old star spoke candidly about her mental health battle during a late night appearance on BBC Northern Ireland’s Nolan Live.
Katie remained optimistic and matter-of-fact during the chat – prompting concerned host Stephen Nolan to ask how she manages to shoulder so much and stay strong.
The mother-of-five replied: “You just have to get on with it. I went to The Priory last year, because I had a lot of things to deal with, and I think speaking to a therapist just helps you prepare for it.
“I say to anyone out there, if you are suffering with mental health, and this pandemic doesn’t help, just talk to someone – if you’re feeling low, talk to someone.”
Nolan then asked: “Do you mind opening up about your mental health? What was crunch point for you?”
Katie was happy to oblige, and left the presenter shocked as she explained: “I wanted to commit suicide.
“I planned it, I did everything… Everything was on top of me, it was a build up.
“I’m only human, I’m strong but there’s only so much you can take and I could have either committed suicide or got help.”
Katie cares for disabled son Harvey
Her mum Amy is terminally ill
The thought of leaving her five children gave Katie the strength to seek help
The star went on to share that it was the thought of her children that made her seek help, with Katie mum to Harvey, 15-year-old Junior, 13-year-old Princess, seven-year-old Jett, and six-year-old Bunny.
She continued: “Every time I went to do it I thought: ‘I can’t, I’ve got kids, sort yourself out’, so I asked for help, got help, and I stuck to it.
“I went to The Priory for five weeks and I’m a brand new person now.”
Begging viewers at home to also seek help if they need it, she added: “Don’t be afraid to speak, too many people out there commit suicide because they’re afraid.”
In October, Katie revealed how she begged doctors not to let her kill herself after she checked into the rehab facility suffering from “severe trauma”.
<div class="article-boxout"> <div class="article-boxout__header theme__background-color"> <h3 class="article-boxout__headline">YOU'RE NOT ALONE</h3> </div> <div class="article-boxout__content theme__background-color-rgba-20"> <p class="article__content--intro"> EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide. </p> <div>
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support: