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"It's not a mindset it's more of a disease"

kieran hubbard mental health awareness

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:13am 15th March 2019. (Updated at 7:07am 15th March 2019)

No parent should ever have to go through this.

Kieran tragically took his own life last month aged just 20 and leaving behind his baby son.

His parents told KLFM he suffered with his mental health for a while.

kieran hubbard with his baby son mental health awareness

 

Devastated mum Jo Hubbard from Terrington St Clement shared a message on social media that her son sent to his dad shortly before he died.

Karl explained to KLFM he feels mental health isn't always taken seriously enough:

"It's come as a big shock to us that he's actually done it but we've known for a very long time that he's had mental health issues.

It's not a mindset it's more of a disease, an unknown disease and that's what we're trying to get across that people do understand that it's real.

It doesn't get treated and supported in the way that cancer does, mental health isn't there."

 

Kieran's family is sharing his story to try and encourage other families to talk about mental health and seek support.

Describing his condition the 20 year old said he felt “paralysed” and “an overwhelming sense of fear”.

Karl said he found it hard to understand at first:

kieran husbbard's baby son mental health awareness

 

"Kieran used to say to me if someone had a broken leg you wouldn't just say to them oh go on walk on it, it will hurt a bit but you'll be okay.

And that's what he said mental health was like, everyone just says cheer up be positive but you can't, you can't do that."

Jo and Karl are determined to keep their son's memory alive especially for their young grandson. 

They're collecting together photos, videos and memory cards so that he'll be able to remember his dad through those who knew and love him. 

 

 

 

 

 

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