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"It's ok to not be ok": Skipton family's plea on World Suicide Prevention Day

"It's ok to not be ok": Skipton family's plea on World Suicide Prevention Day

Published at 7:03am 10th September 2018.

A Skipton family are urging people to talk about their mental health before it's too late. 

Samuel Carroll took his own life in May 2016.  

Since then, his family have been campaigning to raise awareness of suicide and try to open up a conversation about depression. 

We've been speaking to his sister Hayley Carroll to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. 

Hayley told Stray FM: 

"You think it won't ever happen to you. Never in a million years did we ever think Samuel would do anything like that to himself. 

"He was just so down to earth. He was lovely, smiley and happy. He never moaned, he was just so chilled out."

Their campaign, Samuel's Rainbow, was set up after a giant rainbow appeared a few days after Samuel's death, high above the woods where he was found. 

The campaign's Facebook page, which has hundreds of followers, encourages people to share pictures of rainbows. 

Hayley added:

"People are looking at rainbows and thinking of Samuel. Now they're not thinking of the negative of the story, it's such a positive now. I think that's amazing.

"I was scared of Samuel just becoming another statistic, another number, another case. But he's not, he's gone on to achieve so much."

You can hear our full interview with Hayley below: 

Samuel Carroll
Samuel Carroll

Hayley recently posted a video on their Facebook page, which has been viewed nearly 30,000 times.  

To find out more search Samuel's Rainbow on Facebook. 

Below are a list of support services if you're worried about yourself or a loved one: 

The Samaritans - 116 123 

www.samaritans.org 

Mind - 0300 123 3393 

www.mind.org.uk

CALM - 0800 58 58 58  

www.thecalmzone.net 

Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) - 0800 068 41 41  

www.papyrus-uk.org