Former Bachelor Zac Franich opens up about depression, suicide and Voices of Hope

Publish Date
Friday, 8 December 2017, 8:00AM

Zac Franich wants to speak out for those struggling with mental illness and to help put an end to suicide.

The former Bachelor star talked to Sarah, Sam and Toni about how suicide has affected his life after the tragic death of his close family friend.

He also bravely opened up about his own journey with depression and anxiety.

Now he is working with Voices of Hope, a non-profit organisation that encourages people to share their stories and seek help.

For the month of Decemeber their #itsnotweaktospeak campaign aims to help men in particular who often remain silent about their feelings and what's really going on inside.

Find out more about Voices of Hope on their Facebook, Instagram and website: thevoiceofhope.org

If you need help:

If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

Or if you need to talk to someone else:

 Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
 Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
 Youthline: 0800 376 633
 Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
 Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 10pm. Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm)
 Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
 Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
 Samaritans 0800 726 666

There are lots of places to get support. For others, click here.