I tried taking some pills but it didn’t work: Maqbul Mohammed opens up about attempted suicide and depression

I tried taking some pills but it didn’t work: Maqbul Mohammed opens up about attempted suicide and depression

Talented actor and former Capital FM presenter Maqbul Mohammed has shared a harrowing experience, opening up on his attempted suicide in a candid interview with Daily Nation’s Thomas Matiko.

Maqbul who made a name for himself in various acting roles and radio recounted that at the peak of his successful career, his personal life was falling apart.

I would wake up in the morning, get in the car, drive to work and park. I’d then turn on the radio, listen to my co-host (Amina Rabar) then turn off the radio and drive back home. By that time my wife had gone to work and I would get in the room and sleep,” he recounted.

Things only got worse and the depressed Maqbul finally attempted suicide in 2015 after imbibing a few drinks at a party.

I remember going for a party, got drunk and I thought this is the perfect time to end it. I tried taking some pills but it didn’t work,” he explained.

I tried taking some pills but it didn’t work: Maqbul Mohammed opens up about attempted suicide and depression

I worked from Monday to Saturday. I was dealing with pressure from TV, radio, marriage, children and fans. It was too much to take. It was a difficult point in my life because I couldn’t balance all these,” he stated in the candid interview.

He also acknowledged that he had a supportive boss who stood by him, offering him the needed help by way of counselling and a support system that included his family.

Maqbul is a fighter who has overcome many odds and this was not the first time he was facing challenges.

In 2007, the post-election violence made the production of the Makutano junction show impossible and hit him hard economically to a point where he could not afford diapers for his wife.

It was super difficult, at one point, my child did not have diapers and we had to use a leso instead. Things were really tough,” he recalled.

Stacy Wanjiru

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