CHRIS Hughes has been so depressed that he contemplated taking his own life – and during his darkest days sought help from a hypnotherapist.
The Love Island star, 24, revealed that he opened up to his mum about needing extra support after suicides in his family left him feeling incredibly low.
During a brave interview Chris told of his ongoing struggle with mental health and anxiety attacks –revealing that he even suffered from one last week.
Chris said: “When I was going through that – when it was dark, dark – I thought about it. I’ve had suicides in my family and it is terrible looking back.
“I get re-occurrences of anxiety all the time – even last week. I know what it is when it comes and I know how to deal with it on my own but I had Olivia with me which was a good thing.”
The hunk found fame this summer in the Love Island villa and has since gone on to star in his own show with close pal Kem Cetinay.
His confident persona, chiselled six pack and ability to charm the ladies gave viewers the impression that he was the last person to suffer with mental health issues.
But the reality star says that his daily struggle with the condition led him to see a hypnotherapist – and it helped him to talk to a complete stranger.
Chris, who’s an ambassador for charity CALM, said: “I went and saw a hypnotherapist.
“I told my mum I needed help – it was a big decision. He was a complete stranger.
“Friends and family assumed they knew what I was going through because of the front I put on so for me to speak to a stranger who wasn’t judging me – it was a voice and I could start a fresh.”
Chris announced that he was launching a mineral water infused with his own tears alongside sexy promo shots of him crying in his boxers.
But it was all a campaign stunt to encourage men on Mental Health Awareness Day to speak out about their issues– with Chris proving himself that there’s no shame in showing your emotions.
He said: “I zoned out of social media when the campaign was initially launched.
“Ultimately those comments are what made people talking. It got their attention. Any negativity towards the campaign made it more widespread.”