ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Following the death of a good friend through suicide, a group of Aussie guys are attempting to contact Zac Efron to ask him to raise awareness of men's mental health problems in memory of 24-year-old Rhys McNaughton - who many people said was the High School Musical Star's döppelganger.

McNaughton and Efron
McNaughton and Efron

When Rhys killed himself, it was an enormous shock to the small New South Wales community that he lived in because none of even his closest friends knew anything was wrong, and now they want to try and show other men struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts that it is okay to ask for help.

In order to try and get a high profile celebrity to make their voices heard, one of Rhys' friends named James Healey has attempted to contact Efron through Ellen and the post below is picking up traction with thousands of likes and shares:

The post to Ellen
The post to Ellen

The emotional letter accompanying the image of Rhys can be read below:

Healey told BuzzFeed News that he believes a lack of communication is the reason why a large majority of suicides worldwide are in men, he explained:

"The death of Rhys has made me realise that we often overlook suicide as a health issue, particularly in the male sector because it is often seen as a weakness. When we are so engaged with curing physical health issues it is easy to forget that mental issues can cause just as much harm. I never ever want a friend, family member, or anyone to ever feel as sad and hopeless inside that they cannot even talk about it. Being a male, sharing your feelings is just something we never do."

Neither Zac Efron or Ellen have offered their support yet, but if you want to make a donation you can do so HERE.

(Source: Buzzfeed)


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