Roman Kemp thought suicide was ‘only way out’ as he speaks on mental health

Roman Kemp has recalled how he couldn't stop crying and thought of taking his own life during his mental health struggle.

The 29 year old, whose pal Maura Higgins recently "denied" a romance with him, opened up on what he went through on Dragons' Den star Steven Bartlett's podcast The Diary of a CEO.

Capital Radio DJ Roman explained that he thought ending his life was "the only way to stop" the pain he was going through as he worried about everything from the way he looked to his tax bills.

In a bid to normalise men speaking out about their mental health, he told Steven, also 29, that he contemplated jumping in front of a train back in 2019 after coming off antidepressants and hitting rock bottom.

"When you're in that zone, in an absolute spiral, everything goes into a blur," he shared. "All I know I was in my house sat in my pants and I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't stop worrying about everything. My head was going like a whirlwind."

He continued: "I was worrying about stuff that wasn't even logical.

"I can't describe what my brain was telling me. Anything that could have been a problem in my head, was a problem.

"You're thinking you look bad, you've not done this, your tax bill, are you ever going to do this… loads of voices.

"At that point I thought, 'I don't know what to do'. The only thing I could think of was, 'OK, I'll take my own life. That's the only way to stop this.'

"You're in such an intense place that your mind just implodes."

His mum Shirley Holliman luckily managed to keep him talking on the phone as she rushed to his home to help him.

Just one year later, Roman was left heartbroken as his best friend and co-worker Joe Lyons took his own life at the age of 31.

He found out about the loss while presenting the radio show and said through tears at the time: “We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I’d have to do this ever.

“Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family. We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you."

Shortly after the devastating loss of his friend Joe, Roman took part in the NTA-nominated BBC documentary, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.

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Roman explained the documentary: "He was struggling with something we couldn’t see.

"More than three quarters of men feel unable to confide in those closest to them about their problems. It’s no coincidence that on the same day we lost Joe, the police force found seven other men his age in the same situation."

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