Martin Kemp talks male suicide as he shares struggle to understand ‘lovely’ friend’s death on Loose Men

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Martin Kemp has opened up on the struggle he and son Roman have faced in understanding their friend Joe Lyons' death as he discussed male suicide on Loose Men.

ITV chat show Loose Women featured an all-male panel on Thursday for the second time in its 21-year history where Martin Kemp, Richard Madeley, Robert Rinder and Jordan Banjo talked about mental health issues facing men.

The panellists all held up a card with a word written on it that they wanted to discuss and when it was Martin's turn, he held up "male suicide".

The 59-year-old said: "My word has to be something that's really close to my heart, which is male suicide.

"I don't know if you saw, recently my boy did a documentary on TV where he approached the subject because he was driven to do that documentary because he lost a close friend of his and a close friend of mine as well, Joe Lyons, who was Producer Joe at Capital Global, who was the loveliest, loveliest of men.

"We were literally out to dinner with him two nights before it happened and no one could understand why he did it and why he decided to do it."

Martin's son, Capital Radio host Roman Kemp, presented BBC Three documentary Our Silent Emergency, where he focused on male mental health and suicide, in the wake of his producer Joe Lyons' death in 2020.

Spandau Ballet singer Martin revealed his own previous battle with depression as he shared how difficult it was to help anyone experiencing problems.

He said: "Depression that is hidden is a very odd thing, I've only been in that depression bubble once in my life when I was ill back in 1995 when I suffered the whole brain tumour stuff.

"You're literally in a bubble where you don't know what is going on outside of that and you feel you're the only person in the world.

"Sometimes when people try to talk to you when you're in that bubble you can't even hear, the person in the middle of it doesn't even hear that conversation as much as we say let's talk to each other."

Martin said that he thought the solution could be writing to a loved one struggling with depression: "Write your thoughts down, let them read it, send them an email."

He added: "Because I've been in the middle of that bubble myself with depression where you can't hear what's going on outside of you, it doesn't matter what somebody says to you because you can't hear it, but sometimes if you read it, it's more effective."

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