Tim Gunn from "Project Runway" is the latest star to throw his hat into the ring of speaking out against depression and suicide in teens.
How would Gunn know about such things? Well, according to him he's been there before and lived to come out the other side, so when he says, "It will get better" he speaks from experience. Gunn shares his own tale of an attempted suicide. "As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself. And I'm very happy today that attempt was unsuccessful, but at the time it was all I could contemplate. When I woke up the next morning after taking more than 100 pills, I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought, 'I shouldn't be here, this isn't what was meant to be.' I frankly just wanted to start life all over again."
What prompted this admission and heart-felt plea by Gunn? It was none other than the "It Gets Better" project started by Dan Savage, which was started in September following two gay 15-year-olds committing suicide. The idea behind the project is celebrities reassuring bullied kids and teens that things will get better and never to give up hope. According to Savage himself, the purpose is, "to give despairing kids in impossible situations a little thing called hope. The point is to let them know that things do get better."
The site that Gunn mentions in his video is the Trevor Project, a great resource for anyone who feels like they need some support and help. It encourages people to continue hoping and living, rather than giving in to the thoughts of suicide. If you know anyone who seems depressed or like they could use some support, direct them to the site.
If you have yet to see Tim Gunn's video, you can view it below.