Not only is he the source of strength and encouragement for aspiring designers on Project Runway, Tim Gunn has also added “social relevance” to his list of ten essential items.
The Project Runway mentor released a video message earlier today addressing the gay youth community and urging them to reach out in times of despair. In the video, he also reveals that he tried to take his own life when he was a teenager by swallowing 100 pills.
“As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself,” Gunn says in the spot for the “It Gets Better Project”.
“I’m happy to say today that attempt was unsuccessful. But at the time it was all that I could contemplate.”
Gunn urges gay youth looking for help to get in touch with “The Trevor Project”, a nationwide suicide prevention hotline.
“I understand the desperation,” he says. “I understand the despair. And I understand how isolated you can feel.”
He adds, “Reach out. Get help. You’re not alone. It will get better—I promise.”
The Trevor Project can be reached at 1-866-488-7386. Calls are free and confidential.