& # 39; He was so loved, so missed & # 39 ;: Peter Helliar bursts into tears about The Project after sharing a heartbreaking story that his former radio presenter took his own life – and why we need to discuss mental health
Peter Helliar broke into tears about The Project when he revealed the heartbreaking story behind the suicide of his former radio presenter.
On Tuesday, the 44-year-old was overwhelmed by emotion after his story about the death of Richard Marsland in 2008 was broadcast.
After the segment, Helliar saw him sitting at his desk instead of looking at the cameras, while his co-host Waleed Aly asked: & # 39; Are you okay, mate? & # 39;
& # 39; Yes. We have to keep talking about it (mental illness). We must continue to listen, & Helliar answered with a shaking voice.
& # 39; Rich was more than a partner. He was family, & # 39; The Project & # 39; s Peter Helliar remembered the heartbreaking moment when Richard Marsland (photo) took his own life
& # 39; Eh … Uh, only a few people knew … eh, about Richard & # 39; s history. I do not regret that he does not share that, or that his family does not let us know at all, & he said.
& # 39; But hopefully, 11 years later, we know how to hold those conversations and we are better at having them. & # 39;
Richard Marsland – an Australian comedian, actor and radio personality – took his own life at the age of 32.
Helliar, Marsland and Myf Warhurst have organized the breakfast show of Triple M in Melbourne.
The former SA FM and Channel 31 reporter had a thriving comedy career when his loved ones heard the news that & # 39; just like & # 39; n shock & # 39; used to be.
In the segment, Helliar paid tribute to his former co-host who he described as & # 39; one of the happiest, friendliest people & # 39; he knew.
& # 39; Rich was more than a partner. He was like family, & he said.
& # 39; Rich always smiled. I thought he was always happy, but I was wrong. & # 39;
The segment initially wanted to draw attention to the psychological crisis in Australia.
& # 39; We have come a long way when it comes to our understanding of mental illness. But on average, eight Australians take their lives every day, & # 39; Helliar said.
& # 39; Every day about 10 million Australians wake up with brekkie radio. Together with an incredible comedian named Richard Marsland, I was lucky 10 years ago to be part of a brekkie radio team. & # 39;
Downcast: the 44-year-old host couldn't hold back his tears after recalling Richard Marsland & # 39; s death in December 2008
He also organized the AM Adelaide morning program on Channel 7 on a daily basis and then organized The Late Show nationwide with Bessie Bardot on 2DayFM, 92.9 and FoxFM.
Marsland has also given television appearances in shows such as Rove Live, Newstopia and The Glass House.
He wrote a weekly column for Adelaide & # 39; s The Sunday Mail.
In a conversation with Richard & # 39; s mother, Ally Marsland, she remembered how she first tried to catch her son when he was only 22 years old.
& # 39; We found it upstairs. He tried to take his life that Friday. We had absolutely no idea. It was just like & # 39; n shock, & # 39; she said.
On December 5, he was supposed to dine with his former colleague Tony Martin and friends in a pub, but never showed up.
The body of Marsland was found on December 6, 2008 by a park ranger in his car at Shiprock Falls in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria.
Helliar said: & # 39; And he is certainly missed that way. And as Sam said, you play things back over your head, and that just doesn't go away. & # 39;
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& # 39; And he is certainly missed so much & # 39 ;: Helliar spoke to Richard & # 39; s parents about his mental health problems
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