Former star of hit show “The Only Way Is Essex” Charlie King, called Samaritans in 2011 when he was struggling with the demands of a highly stressful job, and the pressure to behave in a certain way:
“I grew up with my mum and sisters, dad wasn’t around so I didn’t really have a male role model.
“I knew I wasn’t really like a typical boy. Rugby and football didn’t appeal to me, I was more interested in singing and dancing and I never really had a proper girlfriend.
“My mum has a successful business, and from a young age I was thrust into a business world, I felt under pressure to do well and had to live up to high expectations.
“I worked non-stop, and became obsessive about the restaurant – I wouldn’t share responsibilities, and had to be there every waking hour. I was highly stressed and struggled with anxiety.
“I felt I had no purpose, I was lonely. I started to get really depressed. I had no male friends, or a girlfriend. I remember walking my dog, and my head feeling like it was going to explode.
“I reached the point where I felt I couldn’t go on, like there was no point in my existence. My family didn’t know what to do or say.
“This was when I first called Samaritans. Speaking to them really helped me to put my thoughts in order and gave me the reassurance I needed that everything would be ok. I called six or seven times in total.
“I also sought help through my GP, and joined a gym. Doing regular exercise gave me something to focus on.
“All these events made me realise I needed to become more open and let people into my life. I wish I had realised it is ok to be different, that I didn’t have to conform to a certain stereotype of how a man should be.
“I also realised the importance of living your life. Work isn’t significant in the bigger picture of things.
“I wish I’d talked about my problems at a much earlier stage. I realise that if I had spoken to someone I probably wouldn’t have got to the point where I was considering suicide.
“If I hadn’t called Samaritans, I honestly don’t know where I’d be today. I have my life to thank them for.”
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