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The Chats encourage people to speak openly about mental health following the recent death of a fan

The Chats have pleaded with fans to look after each other in a statement about the importance of mental health following the recent death of one of their most loyal fans.

The Aussies took to Instagram today shortly after receiving the tragic news that one of their young fans called Louie had passed away over the weekend. The band noted how important it is to be open about your mental health as well as how we should help others who may be struggling.

“He was a massive music fan and would often travel long distances to see his favourite bands,” The Chats statement read, they then shared their memories of Louie. “We first met Louie at an underage show in Camden, just south of Sydney, and we were blown away and touched when he told us he’d driven all the way from Melbourne to see us.”

The band went on to note that in their native Australia, roughly 10 people take their own lives every day and how this is largely young men who are feeling like they have no other options but to do so. “This number is made up of mostly young men, and even more so in our Indigenous communities,” they wrote.

They stressed “depression is no joke” and spoke about the importance of checking in with your friends, especially during this time of “self-isolation and economic hardship”, poignantly adding: “It’s okay to talk about it, lend your mate an ear, have a chat, you may just save a life.”

In the UK every two hours a man takes his own life, if you are struggling during these difficult times then visit CALM who have a free hotline from 5 pm-midnight every single day where you can speak to someone.

Read The Chats’ message in full below:

For anybody who might be struggling to deal with mental health issues, here are some helpline numbers for you to talk to: 

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

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