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Jono Pryor’s emotional tribute to late friend

    Last night the brave television personality shared a tearful message with his audience.

    On Thursday night’s episode of Jono and Ben Show, comedian Jono broke down live on air as he talked about the death of a close friend after a battle with a mental illness.

    "Our jobs, it's a bit of a laugh, but sometimes serious stuff does happen in our lives," began co-host Ben Boyce towards the end of the episode.

    Jono went on to explain while holding back tears: "A few days ago a very, very close friend of mine decided to take his own life."

    "I just wanna say one thing, I just wanna say that what I've learnt this week, if you are suffering a mental illness, no one thinks less of you for not talking, for sharing your thoughts."

    Jono went on to emphasize the importance of talking about mental health, and being able to open up about it.

    "No one thinks less of you for taking medicine and no one thinks less of you for dealing with a mental illness.”

    “Just talk about it.”

    The emotional moment came after a typically lighthearted episode of the show, and his heartfelt tribute has drawn a strong response on social media, with viewers praising his head-on approach to dealing with the issue.

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    Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354

    Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757

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    Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

    Youthline (open 24/7) - 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email talk@youthline.co.nz.

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