Jono breaks down over friend's death on live Jono and Ben

Comedian Jono Pryor broke down live on air as he talked about the death of a close friend.

As Pryor's Jono and Ben Show wound up on Thursday night, a clearly-upset Pryor began to talk about the sudden death.

The raw and emotional moment came after a typically lighthearted episode of the show.

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"Our jobs, it's a bit of a laugh, but sometimes serious stuff does happen in our lives," co-host Ben Boyce began, before handing over to Pryor.

"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," Pryor said, through tears. 

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

"No one thinks less of you for taking medicine and no one thinks less of you for dealing with a mental illness."
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"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," he concluded, before hugging Boyce and finishing the show.

The usually slapstick show has been lauded by viewers and colleagues for dealing with the complex issues of mental health live on air.

 

Jono, you are an awesome human. This is happening too much in our country. Let's all increase our awareness and reach out. @JonoAndBen

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"Jono" was soon one of the most popular phrases on New Zealand Twitter.

The show's Twitter account thanked the audience for their messages and directed those seeking help to Lifeline's website.

WHERE TO GET HELP

Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354 

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

Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666 

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.

0800 WHATSUP children's helpline - 0800 9428 787, Open between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.

Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy, who are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

Your local Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.

For more information, contact the Mental Health Foundation's free Resource and Information Service on 09 623 4812.

 - Stuff

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