Former TOWIE star Maria is currently expecting her first baby and has been reflecting on her own suicide attempt three years ago.
At the time, Maria looked a number of pills as a "cry for help" after false allegations about her personal life caused her to spiral into depression.
Maria spent three days in hospital on a drip and later admitted: "I felt so desperate. I didn't want to die but I didn't want to live. I felt like a caged animal. It was a cry for help – I didn't have anyone to turn to."
Now working as a make-up and beauty blogger, Maria is looking forward to the arrival of her daughter with boyfriend Kelvin Batey later this year.
Taking to Instagram today (20 June), Maria shared a personal inspirational message, which read: "Three years ago I was in hospital after trying to take my own life.
"Today we are putting all the nursery furniture together...
"You should never be made to feel worthless and never ever feel like life isn't worth living.
"In the darkness, there is always light ahead."
Maria captioned her post with a boy and girl emoji and a pink sparkling love-heart.
Maria was starring in TOWIE in 2011 when she began to sink into depression. She left the reality show in 2012 and has fought hard to get well again.
Last month, Maria joined Kelvin for a baby-moon holiday in Greece and the couple are excitedly preparing for their little bundle. She announced her pregnancy in March.
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