Stephen Fry has said Beethoven's music helped to bring the "colour" back into his life amid his mental health struggles.

The 62-year-old comedian and actor suffers with bipolar disorder and has previously spoken about attempting suicide, revealing that he had tried to take his own life in 2012, but was saved when his producer found him unconscious.

Speaking on the Art of Change: Nothing Concrete podcast Fry spoke about how the German composer's music has eased his mental health problems.

"There is a healing quality to listening to it that actually helps," he said.

"When combined with not drinking too much and walking and eating properly and all the other things that supposedly help one's mental health as well as clearly one’s physical health."

"The purity and passion of art does help with the mind I think."

The Blackadder star said he liked to "bathe" himself in music like Beethoven's and to "think of people who have gone before me who have been lit by the flame of mania and doused by the icy water of depression and lived those lives of flaring up and going down and being close to the edge and how they have managed to do things and to achieve things and to retain their love and hope".

Fry, who married Elliot Spencer in 2015, said everything can feel "hopeless" and flavourless when you are feeling suicidal but that the recovery period is "when you suddenly find that flavour, suddenly life has colour again".

''Inside you, you just do not see the point of anything. Nothing has flavour or savour. Nothing has any meaning. Everything is just hopeless.

''There's no future. There's no sense of anything ahead of you. And you have to hope something will stop you. In my case, it was just failed attempts and waking up in a hospital.

''In your recovery, in the fact you realise people are kind enough to forgive you, because you feel such a fool and you feel you've done it to them - all the guilt and shame that comes from an attempt on one's life that's gone wrong - and it's in the recovery, it's when you suddenly find that flavour, and life has colour again.''

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