'Harry Potter' actor Devon Murray opens up about struggles with depression and 'suicidal thoughts' for World Mental Health Day.
Actor Devon Murray, who chilled in the Gryffindor common room as Seamus Finnigan for eight straight Harry Potter movies, took advantage of World Mental Health Day to open up about his struggle with depression.
I've been battling depression in silence for ten years & only recently spoke about it and has made a huge difference #worldmentalhealthday— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) October 10, 2016
I had suicidal thoughts this year and that was the kick up the arse that I needed! Open up, talk to people #worldmentalhealthday— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) October 10, 2016
But they also clearly resonated with fans, some of whom responded by disclosing their own struggles with mental health.
Moved by the response, Murray reflected on the experience of opening up in public the following day.
Wow!! After my tweets regarding my own #mentalhealth the amount of people saying I was the first person they told about their own is amazing— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) October 11, 2016
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— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) October 11, 2016
I'm also so thankful for all the kind messages of support yesterday. So much love for you all 💜— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) October 11, 2016
You can learn more about World Mental Health Day here, which is organized by the UK's Mental Health Foundation.