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Harry Potter Star Says He Had Suicidal Thoughts

11 October 2016 Written by 

Harry Potter actor Devon Murray, best known for playing the boy wizard’s Hogwarts friend Seamus Finnigan, opened up about his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts Monday.

Murray, 27, appeared in all eight of the Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

In April, a Dublin high court ruled that Murray had to pay his former agent over £200,000 ($245,000) in unpaid commissions.

Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan in the "Harry Potter" films. Warner Bros.

The star decided to speak out on his 10-year struggle to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day on October 10.

He posted on Twitter:

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) 10 October 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) 10 October 2016

 

Murray encouraged his 200,000-plus followers to “reach out” and show support to friends and family they fear may be suffering from mental health issues “in silence.”

His posts were praised by many social media users, including Stranger Things favorite Shannon Purser, who plays missing teenager Barb:

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. __ https://t.co/O84ZT93tOx

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) 10 October 2016

 

The U.K. mental health charity Mind also lauded Murray for raising awareness around mental health problems among the younger Harry Potter fan base.

“Three-quarters of all lifetime mental health problems start by the mid-20s. Having people in the public eye like Devon Murray, who thousands of young people will have grown up watching, speak out about their own experiences of mental health problems can therefore encourage others to do the same,” Mind spokesperson Rachel Mackenzie told Newsweek.

“By Devon sharing that talking about his own depression is helping with his recovery, this can prompt people to ask for help with their own problems and can break down the stigma that still surrounds mental health, sparking conversations that may otherwise never have happened.”

Content Originally Published By: Tufayel Ahmed @ Newsweek 

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