Roman Kemp appeals for emotional mental health after best friend Joe Lyons dies


Roman Kemp today urged anyone who is “struggling” with their mental health to seek the help they need. The Capital Breakfast presenter, 27, who appeared alongside his father Martin on the episode of Martin and Roman’s Sunday Best, spoke of the tragic death of radio producer and friend Joe Lyons.

Joe’s cause of death has not been confirmed.

Speaking to viewers before starting the actual show, Roman took the time to say a few words about his “best friend”.

“Before we can start our regular show, you might have read that it’s been an incredibly difficult week for me personally,” he said.

Roman urged ‘struggling’ viewers to get the help they needed

“I lost my best friend and I was completely devastated. His family, friends, me, family, mom and dad know him very well… and I really want to make sure that I take this time now to say that if you are having difficulty, know that you can reach out. hand.

“There is always someone you can talk to. Your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone… anyone from the charities that are out there.

“At ITV there is the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking which encourages us all to reach out and talk to someone.

Roman described Joe as his “best friend” and his “brother”

Roman took time away from Capital after learning of Joe’s death

“So for more information and help, please visit ”

Earlier this week, Roman paid tribute to Joe on his return to his show Capital, alongside co-stars Sian Welby and Sonny Jay.

“I never thought I should do this,” he said. “Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends.

He spoke to viewers of ITV’s Britain Get Talking, which encourages people to reach out and help each other with mental health issues.

Roman used the time to send an important message

“Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family. ”

Roman added, “We are trying to deal with it all together. We wanted to share this news with you. ”

Later, Roman recalled, “He was with me from my very first show. He taught me everything. I don’t know how to be sitting in a radio studio without him. “

He made his return to the capital on Monday with a tribute to Joe

If you are touched by this story, there are a lot of people who would be happy to talk to you:


If you need to talk and aren’t sure who to turn to, the Samaritans operate a free 24/7 helpline at 116 123. You can also email [email protected] or visit the website to find your local branch.


If you or someone you know has a mental health issue, the SANEline helpline is open daily between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on 0300 304 7000.


The Mind mental health charity has resources to help you cope with and plan for a crisis. Visit their website for details on helplines, how to access crisis services, and what to do if you cannot get help yourself.

– In case of emergency, dial 999 for urgent help

Since his death, tributes have poured in to Joe from fans and celebrities alike.

At the end of the show, a photo of Joe showed, alongside the words, “This show is dedicated to our friend Joe Lyons. ”

If you have any difficulties and need to speak, the Samaritans have a free 24/7 helpline at 116 123. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected] if you prefer to write down how you feel. You’re not alone.

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