Matt Doogue attempted suicide, but was saved by something remarkable


Matt Doogue had hit rock bottom. He didn’t want to live anymore.

But his life was saved when he made a simple discovery.

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Matt Doogue went viral when he shared a deeply personal tweet.

His honesty resonated with people all over the world.

Matt’s story is that of a young man who conquered his personal demons and learned lessons that he hopes will help many others like him.

Matt, 35, was born in Salford, a popular area of ​​Manchester, UK.

He says it’s considered one of the hardest places to grow up, especially for young men.

“You had to be a type of person to fit in with the peer group and the society around you,” Matt told 7NEWS.com.au.

“I was hiding my real self to fit in with a group of people, I became a fake person.”

Watch Matt Doogue explain his remarkable story in the video player below

“I became a person who fought society, I became so fake that I created a fake character and I was wearing what I would say was a fake mask,” added Matt.

“And I put up with that for years until finally these cracks started showing in my mask.”

Matt said he was “mad at the world” because he couldn’t understand his emotions and what life was offering him.

“My life was unfolding, but I was a spectator there,” he said.

“I wasn’t really living it. If that makes sense. I was living it for others.

Matt Doogue, young man who grew up in Salford, Manchester. Credit: Provided

Matt suffered from acute depression, anxiety, and anger management issues.

But he didn’t know it at the time.

He had a nervous breakdown in his early twenties.

“I started to feel really stressed out. And then I started to feel really paranoid. And I started to isolate myself. And that made me think too much.

“And I was constantly thinking about the point where I tried my life, because I didn’t want to be here anymore.

“I felt like this was going to be me for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to be that person.

“So I tried my life.”

Matt suffered a nervous breakdown in his early twenties, which led to his suicide attempt.
Matt suffered a nervous breakdown in his early twenties, which led to his suicide attempt. Credit: Provided

Fortunately, Matt survived.

And with the help of doctors, began to understand his mental illness.

“Acceptance was the first part of my recovery process,” he said.

“To know that it wasn’t something that was done to me.” It was something that was part of me. And I had to accept it.

Matt as a young boy.
Matt as a young boy. Credit: Provided

Matt said he realized he needed to channel his emotions – and rediscover the time of his life when he was happiest.

“I was the happiest when I was a kid. We are all happy when we are children. We tend to have zero expectations in life, ”he said.

“We are not under any pressure from society to be or act a certain way. We can just be kids.

Matt’s transition to photography

Matt said he remembered being in nature when he was happiest.

So he goes on a hike with his uncle, who brings him a camera and introduces him to photography.

Matt said learning his love for macro insect photography saved his life.
Matt said learning his love for macro insect photography saved his life. Credit: Provided

“I dived into this world of photography,” said Matt.

“And I started to be able to express myself in so many different creative ways that it really helped my sanity.”

Matt kept returning to a genre that appealed to him more than any other: macro photography.

The macro is the photography of tiny objects, showing them life size.

It could be any object – but for Matt, it was bugs.

Matt's macro photography work is award-winning.
Matt’s macro photography work is award-winning. Credit: Matt Doogue

“These are the tiny, tiny unsung heroes of the natural world. When I look at them through the lens of my camera, I am carried away.

“I received a golden ticket. I went straight through this barrel of this lens and entered their world.

“And in their world, there is no pressure. There is no stress, there is no anxiety. There is nothing. It’s just that creature and you.

Matt’s love for macro photography blossomed, as did his abilities.

Matt's work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Earth.
Matt’s work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Earth. Credit: Matt Doogue

It was quickly featured by National Geographic, BBC Earth and won countless awards.

“I still pinch myself now thinking that I went from being suicidal, losing my job, being declared bankrupt, and then picking up this camera, which has literally been the key to my entire life and to macro photography.”

Matt has since become a passionate advocate for mental health – giving free lectures in schools and helping foreigners online.

Matt with his two daughters.
Matt with his two daughters. Credit: Provided

And he says it was the turning point of an attempt in his own life, and the discovery of his passion, which changed his world forever.

“If I could talk to myself when I was about to kill myself, I would just slap myself on the shoulder and show myself all that I have accomplished at the moment, show the effects I had on these kids, would show the messages I got from around the world from people saying you just saved my life, ”Matt said.

“You helped me understand why my partner committed suicide or why my son might have taken his own life or why they tried to do so.

“You made me want to take a camera. You made me want to try art.

“I would show all of this to the old me and say, look what you have accomplished. See what you can do with your life.

Matt's macro photography takes the viewer into the world of insects.
Matt’s macro photography takes the viewer into the world of insects. Credit: Matt Doogue

Matt wants his message to be simple: “It’s okay to be you”.

“There is nothing wrong with forging a different path. You don’t have to follow the story.

“A river does not form on a mountain just by occurring. He has to make his way.

“And then eventually it gets easier. And I had to fight my way. “

“If I can instill that in someone, what I had, bottle it and put it in them and let them grow and blossom into the person they want to be. So that’s an amazing thing.

For more information on Matt’s incredible photograph and his advocacy for mental health, visit his website.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information on depression, contact beyondblue on 1300224636. Or talk to your GP, local healthcare professional, or someone you trust.

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