It speaks volumes for both The U.K and the man himself, that Stephen Fry is openly gay, suffers from bipolar disorder, and is still a national treasure. Part of the reason he is so highly thought of is his openness and honesty, especially regarding his life-long battle with depression.
"I would go as far as to tell you that I attempted it last year,” explained Fry as he opened up on the issue of suicide, “so I'm not always happy – this is the first time I've said this in public, but I might as well. I'm president of Mind, and the whole point in my role, as I see it, is not to be shy and to be forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders." It was revealed that the comedien, writer, director, poet and actor, among other things, attempted to commit suicide while filming a BBC documentary about being gay in different parts of the world. Thankfully, he was stopped.
"Fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after," he said while in conversation with fellow comedian Richard Herring. The host of Q.I and general British favourite empowers many to be openly gay, and his work with Mind, who deal with mental illness in the U.K, will no doubt raise awareness across the country, considering his high profile.