Health experts praise ‘bravery’

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BOSSES at a Hartlepool-based mental health charity have praised Stephen Fry for his “bravery” in speaking out about a suicide attempt.

The British actor, writer and comedian is national president of Mind and recently spoke out about suicidal feelings and his own suicide attempt in 2012, while filming abroad.

He talked openly about his experience of bipolar disease and mental health bosses say he has helped raise awareness about mental health problems and tackle the stigma that exists around them.

Loose Women presenter and Mind ambassador Denise Welch has also recently opened up about her 25-year battle with depression.

Iain Caldwell, chief executive of Hartlepool and East Durham Mind, said: “It shows that anybody can be affected by suicidal thoughts or depression, no matter who you are.

“It is brave of these high-profile people to speak so openly and they have helped raise awareness of the issue and the services available.

“Most importantly though it is important to say that the help and support is there for people.”

Mind, based in Tees Street, Hartlepool, helps people with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, or depression through its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service.

For more information call (01429) 269303.