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Friday 18th October 2019

Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden opens up on friend's tragic suicide

Matthew posted to Instagram

Actor Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe in Emmerdale, has opened up about losing his friend to suicide on World Mental Health Day.

Matthew shared a post to Instagram in which he wrote a passionate statement on the subject.

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#worldmentalhealthday2019 ✌🏻

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In the picture Matthew wrote: "As someone who has openly talked about my battles over the years with depression, I thought it only proper to put a little post out there on such an important day #worldmentalhealthday2019."

He continued: "Only three weeks ago I lost a friend to suicide, he was 52 and outwardly the happiest, funniest, friendliest man you could meet. You never know what someone is going through on the inside.

"I'm no expert, but if I can offer up a tiny bit of help, here's my suggestion... Don't suffer in silence; talk... to anyone. If you don't feel you want to talk to a friend, family member or doctor, there are some incredible organisations and people out there who will listen.

"Don't be embarrassed about talking about mental health. Be open, talk, it WILL help."

Don't be embarrassed about talking about mental health. Be open, talk, it WILL help.

He then added links to the Samaritans and Barnado's websites before signing the note.

Matthew plays David in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

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Fans quickly commented on the post. One wrote: "Sending love."

A second commented: "This is so important."

Matthew joined Emmerdale in 2006 as David.

During his time in the Dales his character has undergone therapy following his teen stepson Jacob Gallagher's grooming experience at the hands of David's girlfriend, Maya Stepney.

In real life, Matthew is married to his co-star Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle in the ITV soap.

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Recently Charley and Matthew welcomed their third child, a son named Ace.

They are also parents to Buster, nine and Bowie, three.

Charley is currently on maternity leave and her character Debbie moved to Scotland to run a garage left to her by Lisa Dingle.

If you are struggling or are concerned about someone who might be, contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit.

This number won't show up on your phone bill. Or you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch, where you can talk to one of their trained volunteers face to face.

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