Hollyoaks star David Tag heartbroken as he loses two friends to suicide in lockdown

HOLLYOAKS star David Tag is urging men to speak more openly about their mental health struggles after losing two friends to suicide during lockdown.

The Sylver McQueen actor, 36, is urging males to collaborate with MenWalkTalk, a charity for which he became an ambassador after going through a break-up.

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The Manchester born performer dished out some candid advice in the wake of his personal tragedies and said: "Even the happiest of faces can suffer from mental health problems.

"The charity organises get-togethers where you can open up to each other.

"I am a strong-willed person and I found during lockdown a lot of people suffered in a lot of different ways.

"During lockdown two people I know died by suicide."

A top psychiatrist recently warned that Covid posed the greatest threat to mental health "since the second world war."

Experts also warned the third coronavirus lockdown, very necessary to reduce rocketing rates of the virus in the UK prior to Christmas, had created a "ticking time bomb" when it came to mental health issues.

A recent paper published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analysed a plethora of studies regarding mental health and the pandemic.

It found that in some places, suicides had increased towards the back end of 2020, with lower levels being seen at the start of the pandemic.

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He told of his pride in his own Hollyoaks storyline which saw his character visit a

He told of his pride in his own Hollyoaks storyline which saw his character visit a psychologist to talk about his mental health

David, who has also starred in Emmerdale as well as Hollyoaks, and movie S.A.M, believes that despite groups like MenWalkTalk there is still a stigma around mental health.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "When it gets down to the nitty gritty men pull back and think 'I'm being pathetic, weak and stupid.'

“There is a stigma.”

The dad-to-be believes such support groups can help guys tackle their problems as being close to nature can help them to relax, and open up more.


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

He added to the publication: “We get so wrapped up in the day to day life, when you go outside and see the nice views it helps you to relax.”

He also praised Hollyoaks for its storylines which shine a light on male mental health struggles, including last year's hard-hitting plot which saw Adam Rickitt's character Kyle Kelly take his own life to highlight the fact suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50, as well as Darren Osbourne's battle with depression.

He said: “I am proud to be part of 'Hollyoaks'.

"In the storyline in which Sylver killed his own mother he went to a psychologist to talk about his mental health."

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