Stephen Fry has experienced mental health problems, including two suicide attempts, for most of his life. At the age of 37 he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and sadly, like many other mental health problems, is still shrouded in prejudice and stigma.
In this short clip Stephen Fry describes what it can feel like when you are depressed.
‘If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather…..It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.’