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Porn Tanked My Mental Health, Here’s How I Got Help (VIDEO)

Smith’s compulsion to view porn and the shame spiral he felt were so intense, they pushed him to want to end his life. Here’s how he got help.

Trigger warning: This video includes discussions of suicide ideation that may be triggering to some. Viewer discretion is advised.

Smith was nine years old when he was first exposed to porn. Porn quickly became a coping mechanism for Smith to deal with his early struggles with stuttering and his negative self-image.

His compulsion to view porn became so overwhelming, and the shame spiral he felt was so intense, it all pushed him to make plans to end his life. After getting in trouble with the law, all of his insecurities and compulsions came to light, and his mother was very supportive and gave Smith the encouragement he needed to seek help.

Related: 5 Ways a Porn Habit Can Harm Your Mental Health

Now, Smith now spends his time preparing for life after high school graduation, encouraging open conversations about porn in his community, and running a business that teaches parents how to monitor their children’s technology.

Watch Smith’s emotional journey from shame and self-doubt to becoming a young leader who inspires others to improve their lives.

For anyone wanting to end their life, there is hope. Call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 today.

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