Project Runway's demanding but lovable celebrity judge Tim Gunn says he's “very happy” he failed in an attempt to end his life 40 years ago.

Gunn shares his story in a PSA for the Trevor Project, a national group centered on crisis and suicide prevention efforts for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

“As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself and I'm very happy today that that attempt was unsuccessful,” Gunn says. “But at the time, it's all that I could contemplate.”

“Reach out, get help, you're not alone, it will get better,” an emotional Gunn says, then adds, “I promise.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

In an interview with, the 57-year-old television personality said that his parents disapproved of him being gay at an early age.

“In my parents' home, the term 'gay' wasn't even in our vocabulary,” Gunn said. “If I tried to talk about anything remotely related they'd say 'We've never heard of this!'”

“But I think they knew that 'this' was what I was, and that's part of why the sent me to shrinks constantly.”