Jono & Ben share an emotional message about mental illness

New Zealand 17/03/2017

Jono Pryor from TV show Jono and Ben paid a tearful tribute on Thursday night to a friend who committed suicide after a battle with a mental illness.

At the close of Thursday night's show, Pryor and his partner Ben Boyce turned away from comedy and addressed the tragedy.

"A few days ago a very, very close friend of mine decided to take his own life," Pryor said.

"I just want say that what I've learned this week is that if you are suffering a mental illness no one thinks less of you... for sharing your thoughts, and no one thinks less of you for dealing with a mental illness and just talk about it."

Boyce then shared a hug with his distraught colleague.