Harry Potter's Devon Murray Admits Struggle With Depression, Recently Had "Suicidal Thoughts"
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Harry Potter actor Devon Murray made a candid confession on Twitter in honor of Mental Health Day.
Murray, who was best known for playing Gryffindor alumnus Seamus Finnigan, revealed that he has struggled with depression. “I’ve been battling depression in silence for ten years & only recently spoke about it and has made a huge difference #worldmentalhealthday,” he tweeted.
“I had suicidal thoughts this year and that was the kick up the arse that I needed! Open up, talk to people. If you suspect a friend or family member is suffering in silence #ReachOut to them. Let them know you care #worldmentalhealthday.”
His Twitter feed quickly filled up with responses from fans and followers offering their support. Some even revealed their own struggles with mental health issues and praised him for raising awareness.
“You go @DevonMMurray So glad I took the steps for getting help. Mental illness doesn’t have to rule your life. Please ask for help,” Shannon Purser, aka Barb from Stranger Things, responded.
“@DevonMMurray thank you for telling your story,” another follower responded. “You’ve been my inspiration for years. Someone who saved my life. Thank you for everything.”
Murray thanked his friends and fans for the outpouring of support he received. “I’m so happy that from me opening up it helped so many of you find the strength to. We are all loved and cared about by those around us #talk,” he wrote. “I’m also so thankful for all the kind messages of support yesterday. So much love for you all.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).