June 6 - British actor Stephen Fry talks about a recent suicide attempt during an interview with comedian Richard Herring. Kathi Urban reports.
Most know him for his role in British comedy "Blackadder", he's also a regular cheerful face on British television and the narrator of the "Harry Potter" audio books. But this time Stephen Fry has opened about about his personal life and his battle with mental illness during an interview with comedian Richard Herrings, which was broadcast on Wednesday (June 5). In it he revealed publicly for the first time that he recently tried to end his life. SOUNDBITE: Stephen Fry, Britisha actor, saying (English): "I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don't get either too hyper or too depressed to this point of suicide. I'd go as far as to tell you I attempted it last year. "I took a huge number of pills and a huge number of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs. But I was still unconscious. And 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. "And all my friends when they heard about this and family when they eventually heard about it said, they came to visit me in the hospital, and said 'Why didn't you call?' And I said it's a...I said it's a very hard thing but put it this way. It's a cheap and silly way of putting it but it's just as true. Think of your very best friend, very very best friend and suppose you suddenly noticed you had a massive and really disturbing genital wart, would you show it to your very best friend?" It's not the first time Fry has spoken about his mental health problems in public. He explored the issue of living with bipolar disorder in a 2006 documentary, "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive." The actor is also president of mental health charity Mind, which he credits for encouraging him to speak up about the issue.