Chase Bryant opens up about his depression and mental health challenges

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Chase Bryant is opening up in a big way.

He recently told PEOPLE about his struggles with mental health, including a suicide attempt in 2018.

"I had written a very long note to everybody that I knew and everybody that I loved, and everybody that I've never even met," Chase explains in a video posted on his social media account. "And I just said, 'God if you're real, and you're listening to me, I need help.' I swore it was all over."

Fortunately, it wasn't.

"I traveled," he continues. "I heard things in a way I had never heard them before, saw things in way I'd never seen them. I realized how poorly I had treated everybody around me. and I realized how much better a person I could be if I tried.

"So what we're doing here is a brand new beginning. The old me will never be forgotten. That will always be a picture in the back of my mind, and most likely yours. But the new me, this is the person I'll get to live the rest of my life with."

He also found healing in music, and worked with producer (and singer/songwriter Jon Randall) on his first full length album, Upbringing. The title track (which is also the first single) will drop this Friday.

"Life is short. Don't make it any shorter. Be yourself. Love the people around you, and don't ever forget your upbringing."

In 2018,he wrote a mysterious post to his fans, then disappeared from social media. It's unclear which came first - the post or his suicide attempt.

He addressed his disappearance from social media in an interview with KFRG-FM (K-Frog) in 2019. "I went through a whole, whole lot in a year," he explained to K-Frog at the time. "It was just this dark period of my life, yet very personal part of my life. I always say now that as an artist, you get your first cardboard stand-up, and I think people think that's who you are, and I feel like I was living as a cardboard stand-up for a long time, and I don't necessarily think I was being myself as I wish I would have been early on.

"And I learned a lot from that, and it was twenty years of really dealing with a lot of things that I was never open about and I mean - from management to label to agents to nobody knew anything that was going on, and I disappeared and didn't really tell anybody.

"It feels really good now to be able to wake up and look at myself in the mirror and be honest with myself. I'm really, really excited for this next step."

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 and get more info here.