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 earlier, 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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