Paul Farmer, the chief executive of mental health charity MIND, says Stephen Fry is helping to "sweep away the stigma surrounding mental health".
He said: "Stephen Fry, our president, has been extremely open and honest about his own mental health and the depths of despair he has experienced, and we know just from the response we've had in the last 24 hours how important that is to thousands of people who now feel that they're not alone."
There are around 6,000 people who take their own lives in this country every year.
For help and advice about mental health issues visit the MIND website.
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A pilot who died in a crash at a motoring event in Cheshire yesterday twice coxed Cambridge to victory in the Boat Race against Oxford.
Some early cloud possible but sunny spells breaking through readily in the morning, becoming prolonged by the afternoon.
The pilot, from the Gnat private display team died after the display aircraft he was in crashed near the CarFest event in Cheshire.