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Will Young’s Twin Brother Rupert Has Died, Aged 41

Will Young s twin brother, Rupert, has died at the age of 41.A spokeswoman for the singer confirmed the news, saying: I can confirm that Will s brother has very sadly passed away. We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time. Rupert had spoken openly about his mental health and alcoholism, and was diagnosed with dysthymia a depressive mood disorder in 2005.Rupert set up the Mood Foundation, a charity that built a national database of private therapists who offered free, one-to-one treatment to anyone over 18 diagnosed with depression or anxiety.He said at the time: My aim is to help people suffering from depressive conditions who are being prevented from recovery because they cannot afford the correct treatment or they do not meet the correct threshold to access the appropriate services. One sufferer affects the lives of everyone around them. Will, who shot to fame after winning Pop Idol in 2002, had previously opened up about his brother s personal struggles.He said: It was the family stepping away that actually got him better. It s very tough having a family member who is an addict. But when you re dealing with that you eventually have to just stop and look after yourself. Me, my parents, my older sister, everyone. We all just had to walk away. We had to leave him. Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email help@themix.org.ukRethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.If you need help with a drinking problem, call the Alcoholics Anonymous national helpline for free on 0800 9177 650 or email help@aamail.org.For advice on how to reduce drinking, visit Drinkaware s website or Alcohol Change UK.Find alcohol addiction services near you using this NHS tool.


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