Katie Price credits her five children for saving her life while battling suicidal thoughts last year

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Katie Price has revealed her children saved her life as she battled thoughts of suicide last year.

The 42 year old is mum to eldest son Harvey, 18, from previous relationship with Dwight Yorke. She also has Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with ex-husband Peter Andre as well as Jett, seven, and six year old daughter Bunny with newly ex-husband Kieran Hayler.

Explaining how she spent a gorgeous Mother's Day with all her kids at home as they enjoyed a picnic, the star insisted the best gift they gave her was "keeping her alive".

"I can’t imagine not being a mum – it’s what I live for. My kids basically saved my life to be honest," she told The Sun Online.

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Katie went on to address the horrific period of her life when she planned out her suicide after using cocaine last year. However, the reality star couldn't do it after imagining how her kids would feel if she were no longer here.

The former glamour model, whose son Harvey recently said "people are horrible to me", continued: "I wouldn't be here if it weren’t for them.

"I wanted to commit suicide last year but the reason I didn’t, every time I’d get close I’d think of my kids faces, that’s what stopped me.

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“I used to think of their faces going ‘no mum’ and I would picture them crying if I was no longer around for them. If I didn’t have my kids I wouldn’t be here. Harvey wouldn’t know what to do without me – it would be my worst nightmare.”

Last month Katie opened up on her mental health struggles on BBC Northern Ireland's Nolan Live, where she was asked by host Stephen Nolan how she manages to stray strong through everything that life throws at her.

She responded: "You just have to get on with it. I went to The Priory last year, because I had a lot of things to deal with, and I think speaking to a therapist just helps you prepare for it.

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"I say to anyone out there, if you are suffering with mental health, and this pandemic doesn't help, just talk to someone – if you're feeling low, talk to someone."

Stephen then asked Katie: "Do you mind opening up about your mental health? What was crunch point for you."

The reality star explained: "I wanted to commit suicide. I planned it, did everything… everything was on top of me, it was a build up.

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"I'm only human, I'm strong but there's only so much you can take and I could have either committed suicide or got help.

"Every time I went to do it I thought: 'I can't, I've got kids, sort yourself out', so I asked for help, got help, and I stuck to it," Katie expressed. "I went to The Priory for five weeks and I'm a brand new person now."

Using her own struggles to help others, she added: "Don't be afraid to speak, too many people out there commit suicide because they're afraid."

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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