Marcus's son Sam sadly took his own life on Dec 8th 2017 just 5 days before his 24th birthday.
Sam knew he was suffering with mental illness but felt embarrassed and ashamed. What others considered to be straight forward, he found an ordeal and it took strength of character and a fierce determination at times to overcome. However, he could cope no longer and tragically took his own life. This was not a cowardice act, his illness had overpowered him. Sam believed this was an end, not just to his own personal torment but also to those who had seen first-hand the challenges he faced which upset him so much.
Mental illness comes in many forms and is all around. More awareness is required in order to remove the stigma that comes with this illness which cannot be seen but equal to anything we see as physical. We are determined to raise more awareness and shine the spotlight on this.
Sam was a kind, intelligent young man with a bright future, yet his illness prevented him from seeing and appreciating it. So let's break the silence that surrounds mental health. Lets use Sam's story ensuring good will come from this tragedy.
Lets Speak About Mental Health. You can read more of Sam's story on letstalkaboutsam.com