EastEnders star Danny-Boy Hatchard reveals shock suicide attempt aged 19 after struggling socially

EX-EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard has opened up about attempting suicide as a 19-year-old student because he struggled socially and "didn't want to be alive anymore."

The actor, 30, who played Lee Carter in the BBC1 soap, made the shocking revelation in a series of Twitter posts on Friday defending drama school boss Chris Hocking, who  has resigned after an investigation found dance classes were "overly sexualised."

Danny-Boy Hatchard, who is currently starring in BBC1 drama Ridley Road, attended London-based Arts Ed school, while Hocking was principal. 

He wrote: "The beginning of my first year at Arts was very difficult. I rememberchecking the easiest and most painless ways I could take my life.

"I felt so socially out of my depth that I didn't want to be alive anymore.

"One Friday night in particular I made preparationsto make a huge mistake, before realising that passing my onto my family wasn't the answer. It never is…"

Danny-Boy also told how he asked his headteacher for help, who then paid for a counselor for him.

He said: "He told me I was going to be alright and offered to pay for me to see a counselor who went onto completely change my life."

It comes after Danny's EastEnders character ran away from his mental health problems in  after a suicide attempt on the soap..

Hocking has stepped down from the role, after it launched an external review in June over "serious historic claims of misconduct".

The investigation, which is being led by Rebecca Tuck QC, has concluded that there was "an overly sexualised environment within a number of music and dance classes", according to a statement from the school's chair of trustees.

The statement added: "Terms such as 'sexy dance', 'wear what you dare' and 'naked bond' were notorious and clearly distressed some students. They were wholly inappropriate."

The statement from Mark Burch, chair of trustees, continued: "She [Ms Tuck] found that some staff members exercised poor judgement in their relationships with HE [higher education] students."

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

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