Brave widow turns mental health campaigner after husband's suicide

Brave widow turns mental health campaigner after husband's suicide

Jamaine and Helen Taylor

Helen and Kollis Taylor campaigning at St George's Hospital

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

The widow of a father who took his own life after a long running battle with depression has taken the brave step of working to help support others coping with a mental illness.

Jamaine Taylor, 31, a professional car paint sprayer from Morden, was found dead on February 10, 2013, in Morden Park.

At an inquest in April 2013 it was said Mr Taylor had had a "difficult childhood" resulting in a history of depression which he had continued to battle throughout his adult years.

The father of two was expecting his third child with wife and partner of 15 years Helen, when the tragedy occurred.

Now Mrs Taylor, together with Jamaine’s sister, Kollis Taylor, is campaigning alongside charity Young Minds to help raise awareness of mental health issues and let young people know where they can go to get help.

The pair visited St George’s Hospital to fundraise in support of the charity on Friday and in February, the anniversary of Jamaine’s death, will be doing a skydive to raise funds for the charity. She said: "We wanted to do something positive in Jamaine’s memory.

"A lot people know about charities for adults but not a lot of people know about charities that are for younger people - and Young Minds is such an amazing charity."

The charity works to support young people suffering with a mental illness and provides a helpline for parents who might be worried about their children In the future the pair hope to go into schools to give talks to young people on mental health.

Mrs Taylor said: "Jamaine was passionate about these charities and it was something that was really close to his heart.

"He used to say that if these charities were around and he I knew about them when he was younger maybe he would have got the help he needed.

"It is just as simple as that - not enough people know about these charities for young people with mental health issues."

She added: "Jamaine was the most kind and caring young man that you could get.

"He had an infectious smile that would radiate happiness.

"He would do anything for anyone.

"He loved his family more than anything else in the world.

"His passion for his family was so great and it was special.

"He was special."

To make a donation toward both Helen and Kollis Taylors' skydive and fundraising efforts visit doitforcharity.com/htaylor.

If you are need of urgent support and help with depression you can call the Samaritans on 08457 909 090.

Or for more information on mental illness visit youngminds.org.uk

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