One call saved Dapper Laughs from taking own life after lengthy addiction battle

Comedian Daniel O'Reilly revealed one call to the Samaritans changed his life when he was at his lowest point.

The 38-year-old, better known as Dapper Laughs, shot to fame more than a decade ago with comedic videos on Facebook and Vine and became a well known social media star.

The content creator also became known for his controversial views however which ultimately led to him being "cancelled".

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After he was diagnosed with ADHD and began his sobriety journey, Daniel decided to set up Men And Their Emotions (M.A.T.E) on Facebook.

The online male group is a platform for men to anonymously speak about their issues in a non-judgmental environment, allowing them to support each other.

He has now launched a podcast, Menace to Sobriety which focuses on all things related to addiction, mental health and sobriety.

The comedian has been open about his struggles with addiction to both drugs and alcohol over the years and explained the point which made him turn things around after considering taking his own life.

"I hit an all time low after my father passed away. I broke up with my partner, who I'm now married to and I'd just lost the TV show and I considered suicide," he exclusively told Daily Star.

Daniel continued: "I spoke to the Samaritans late at night when I was high on drugs and they completely changed my mentality. I thought, 'I want to live my life,' but I didn't realise that I'd had a problem then because I was still using drinking drugs to cope with my issues.

"That went on for many years but that really was a turning point in my dark thoughts."

The social media star explained another turning point was after he got married to partner of 10 years, Shelley Rae.

Daniel and Shelley, who share two daughters, tied the knot in July last year, four years after he proposed live on air after being evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house.

He explained: "The wedding for me was was a big turning point because we had the wedding and the honeymoon, and I was drunk. I wasn't out of my mind drunk, but I can remember thinking to myself, I wish I was sober for my wedding.

"The arguments carried on with me and my partner after we just got married and it just wasn't the way I wanted to start married life.

"It was also looking at my children and thinking to myself, 'What do I want them to remember?' They're still babies so I've got time for them to just remember me perfect. So the turning point was was the wedding for me."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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