'Lonely' Stephen Fry blogs about the pain of isolation
Bipolar comedian was 'touched very deeply' by messages of support after suicide revelations
STEPHEN FRY has thanked the public for their support after he admitted he had tried to kill himself last year. And he revealed he is often lonely despite his celebrity.
Writing on his blog, the actor and writer said "the outburst of sympathy and support that followed my confession" had touched him "very deeply".
He went on: "Some people, as some people always will, cannot understand that depression is an illness. But most people, a surging, warm, caring majority, have been kind. Almost too kind."
Earlier this month, while filming a podcast with comedian Richard Herring, Fry revealed he was filming abroad in 2012 when he attempted suicide. The actor said he took "a huge number of pills" washed down with vodka, and convulsed so badly that he broke four ribs. He was found unconscious by his producer.
The 55-year-old said the episode and his sessions with his "magnificent psychiatrist" had improved his mental health. But he was careful to explain it is an ongoing struggle, not just for him but for others who experience depression.
The BBC says that Fry has always been candid about his experiences of depression and cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder, regularly campaigning on mental health issues for the charity Mind.
In his blog the actor, who is due to appear on Broadway in Twelfth Night alongside Mark Rylance, said: "I am writing this for any of you out there who are lonely too.
"I am luckier than many of you because I am lonely in a crowd of people who are mostly very nice to me. Loneliness is not much written about . . . but humankind is a social species and maybe it's something we should think about more than we do."