TOWIE star Mario Falcone has revealed a heartbreaking photo of himself taken one week before he attempted suicide.
The 33-year-old dad of one took to his Instagram page to share a snap of him at his lowest point along with a snap of him at his happiest with his son Parker and fiancée Becky Meisner.
Writing to social media fans, he captioned the devastating photo: "On the right is a picture of me at my very lowest. In fact one week after this picture was taken I tried to take my own life.
"I would at that point in time rather have been dead than alive another day with the thoughts and darkness I was enduring daily.
"This picture is me now, beautiful fiancé and an amazing little boy. Happy and content most of the time but still having my dips."
Penning the powerful message he continued: "Some days I still have down days, some nights I can't sleep because my anxiety gets the better of me, some days my mind plays tricks on me, makes me question my worth and think I am not doing enough for my family. And that is ok!"
Mario has always been candid in talking about suicide and his mental health, and has frequently spoken about the importance of reaching out and getting help if you are struggling with mental health issues.
Earlier this year, Mario paid tribute to his TOWIE co-star Mick Norcross who was found dead at his home in January, and had previously helped Mario when he was battling depression.
The ex-TOWIE star also said in the post: "Unfortunately there is no 'cure' for mental health problems but I know my triggers, things and even people to avoid and I know my coping mechanisms when sometimes things get too much. I have learnt to live with it!
"I am truly lucky I have a few good people around me I can talk to on a hard day. And opening up and getting some of the worries off my chest and thoughts off my mind can quickly change my frame of mind and mood.
"As it's mental health awareness week I just wanted to say that everyone really is fighting a battle, and sometimes like the picture on the left you can't visually see it."
He ended with a positive, empowering message for his followers, adding: "So always be kind and if you are struggling don't be afraid or ashamed to speak to someone, it will make you feel better! Everyone is uniquely amazing."
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The Essex star has since received a flock of online support following the post.
Former TOWIE co-star Tom Kilbey commented: "We all love you! X."
And his famous pal Vicky Pattison added: "So much love for you and this brave post Mr x."
One Instagram fan added: "Sending love mate! So brave of you to speak out."
And another follower wrote: "So happy that you were able to come out of the darkness. Your family is beautiful. Cheers!".
If you're struggling with your mental health and need help, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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