Coronation Street actor Oliver Devoti has spoken of the loss of his sister Amelia to suicide, as it approaches the 12th anniversary of her death.
As the 36-year-old remembers his beloved sibling, Devoti has opened up on how losing her affected him and begged his fans and anyone else reading to seek help if they’re struggling, before it’s too late.
Amelia was 26 when she took her own life, and the shock prompted a lot of questions from the actor, who said he has often wondered if there was anything else he could do to prevent the devastating tragedy.
Devoti plays Lee, boyfriend of Jenny Connor’s (Sally Ann Matthews) stepdaughter Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan) on the ITV soap.
“We knew that she was fragile but just felt helpless to do anything about it,” the actor shared in a new statement.
"You always think, 'What if, what if, what if?' But it negatively impacts your mental health, you're not going to be able to live your life. You can’t change the past.
"I've been through that cycle and it's not helped me in any shape or form,” the star, who has also made appearances in Bodyguard and Game of Thrones, added.
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Devoti went on to reflect on his last moments with his sister, who had spent her final evening with him, his wife and their newborn baby.
Amelia took her own life when her brother and his wife decided to go out for a walk, and despite Devoti trying desperately to save her, it was too late.
Begging anyone else struggling in a similar situation to get help, Devoti urged: “Talk about it and share it. Ask for help and don’t be too scared to.
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"You can’t deal with everything yourself and Amelia's life is evidence of that.
"She didn't want to burden other people, she didn't want us to carry the weight of her neuroses, and she ultimately couldn't deal with her own.”
"You need to communicate it – if no-one knows what you’re going through, no-one can help,” the actor added.
Devoti has teamed up with suicide-prevention charity Papyrus to raise awareness of their work.
Papyrus chief executive Ged Flynn said: "Tragically, Ollie's own family has been bereaved by suicide and the death of his sister is a deeply personal and powerful story of loss and grief.
"By sharing his story we hope it will encourage others to talk openly and help to break down the stigma around suicide. At Papyrus, we believe many suicides can be prevented. If you are struggling with life, or you are worried about someone who may be having thoughts of suicide, help is available."
For confidential suicide prevention help and advice, contact the Papyrus HopelineUK on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email [email protected]
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