The Challenge Australia 2022’s Konrad Bień-Stephen has revealed he tried to take his own life while bravely discussing his battle with mental health.
**CONTENT WARNING: This article contains references to suicide and mental health and may be triggering to some readers.**
“What I haven’t ever really spoken about publicly is my challenges with mental health,” he said. “A lot of my friends don’t even know that I’m actually a suicide survivor.”
Konrad then said that he had never really spoken about it publicly because of the “stigma” surrounding it.
“I never really told too many people because, you know, you worry that people are gonna think you’re crazy, you’re not gonna get a job or whatever reason.”
He then explained that he wanted to share his experience so that people knew “it’s okay to go through bad times” while adding that he had hit rock bottom on a few occassions in his life.
“I’ve just been lucky to have the support network and great friends that have got me through it, you know, I’ve been comfortable to talk about it to an extent,” he said.
Konrad Bień-Stephen Gave an Update on Where His Mental Health Stands Today
“I attempted to take my own life in my 20’s,” he wrote on another Instagram Story slide. “I’m ok and have been for some time now. Of course, I still experience hard times, but I’ve learnt to be open about it.
“Hopefully one day I can share more of my story with you.”
“If you are not feeling ok, please talk to someone. Things get better.”
You can donate to Konrad’s Movember fundraiser here.
If you or anyone you know is struggling and needs support, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14, both of which provide trained counsellors you can talk with 24/7. You can also speak with someone confidentially at Headspace by calling 1800 650 890 or chat online here. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.
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