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Depression wears its own cloak of invisibility–no one can see it take root… unless we talk openly about it. It makes people feel isolated and alone, no matter how many friends and family members are around.

Harry Potter actor Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan (a.k.a. the Gryffindor boy who kept blowing things up in the movies), spoke openly about his own experience with depression, over social media in honour of world mental health day yesterday.

While Murray’s battle with depression came as a big shock to his fans, it just goes to show how silent depression really is. And more importantly, how people need to talk about depression to start the healing process.

We hope that Murray felt a bit better after seeing how supportive his fans were:

Opening up about depression is far easier said than done, so it’s up to people who don’t suffer from it to be patient and encouraging with people who do. When depression casts it’s ugly spell, you’re not alone, no matter how small or invisible you feel. There are people anywhere and everywhere who can relate, lend an ear and even a helping hand. We owe it to Murray for putting himself out there and encouraging other people to do the same.

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