Leeds family’s bid to raise awareness after son’s death

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THE family of a 22-year-old Leeds man who committed suicide are seeking to raise awareness of depression in young adults.

Kyle Rhys Ellis, who had been suffering from depression for around seven weeks, was found hanging in his bedroom on Garton Terrace, East End Park, at 8pm March 26.

Attempts were made to revive him, but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

An inquest at Wakefield heard Former Wortley High School student Mr Ellis, who had been prescribed anti-depressant medication by his GP on March 5, died from hanging.

West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchliff recorded a verdict of suicide.

After the hearing, Mr Ellis’s mother Sara Johnson, 39, said: “Everybody loved him. He could go out and be the life and soul and then he would just get down again.”

Mr Ellis’s aunt Zoe Lister said: “We are just trying to raise awareness so that if it saves one person’s life then they don’t have to go through all this.”

Another aunt, Dawn Ellis, said: “He told me he just felt like he was trapped in a box and nothing anybody said to him would make a difference.”

After the inquest, a spokesman for mental health charity Leeds Mind issued a statement on advice it would give to parents of young adults suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts: “We would encourage you to talk to your child but if they won’t open up to you encourage them to talk to someone else.

“Let them know that nearly everyone experiences mental health difficulties or worrying thoughts and feelings and that there is a wide range of support available.”

Go to www.leedsmhdirectory.co.uk for details on a range of services available for people suffering with depression.