The 29-year-old YouTube sensation shares mental health struggles after Vice released a film about Ben Raemers' tragic death that sparked a mental health movement.
Johnny Giger has a lifetime of accomplishments to be proud of, but he isn't settling for the external success embedded in his skate life for decades.
In a new documentary of Vice, he took a deeper dive into his mental health in the comment section and shared his experience.
"Thanks for telling Ben's story. My mom committed suicide when I was 11 and it broke my heart." Giger wrote. "I started to make a living of skateboarding 12 years later and been experiencing panic attacks after that which also led to suicidal thoughts."
He added. "I went looking for help, and I've been free from these dark thoughts for a long time now. Its important open up and talk. Don't hesitate to reach out to a friend or doctor. Rest in peace Ben."
The Gams, Switzerland native, has been a successful YouTuber entertaining the skate kids and helping them learn tricks. Who knew that a famous skateboarder that looked so happy had experiencing agitation or a heightened state of anxiety.
Suicide ideation can occur when a person feels that they can no longer cope with an overwhelming situation. It could stem from financial problems, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a debilitating illness or health condition.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, a prevention hotline can help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours per day at 800-273-8255. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or dial 711 then 800-273-8255.