Charity commends Richard Hammond for opening up about mental illness

The national charity Rethink Mental Illness has commended Richard Hammond for speaking openly about his experiences of depression and obsessive compulsive behaviour.

Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, said:

“Not only has Richard proven himself to be fearless behind the wheel, he has now shown real courage by opening up about his experiences of mental health problems. When people in the public eye talk about mental illness, it can make a big difference to the millions of people who’ve had similar experiences, as it shows they’re not alone in what they’re going through.

"Mental illness can affect anyone from any walk of life, but Richard’s story shows it’s possible to recover and to get on with your life. We urge anyone who’s struggling with their mental health to seek help. Don’t suffer in silence – go to your GP, or speak to a loved one about what you’re going through, so that you can get the support you need.”

For more information, please contact Brian Semple, News and Media Manager for Rethink Mental Illness, on 0207 840 3043 or

Notes to editors

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness.

For over 40 years we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness.

We directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.

We give information and advice to 500,000 more and we change policy for millions.

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Brian Semple
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