PAR­ENTS FIGHT TO KEEP SON’S MEM­ORY ALIVE:

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - *Source: emma TM con­ducted by Ip­sos Me­di­aCT for 12 months end­ing Jan­uary – Readers in Last 4 Weeks. Nielsen DRM

Join Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group in sup­port­ing the Step­ping Out of the Shad­ows cam­paign to raise $1 mil­lion for Life­line WA. We are en­cour­ag­ing our one mil­lion readers* to do­nate $10 each. Visit www.life­linewa.org.au. COLLETTE Wright said her son Nathan had a big heart and was al­ways ready to do any­thing for any­one.

The El­len­brook mother had a know­ing feel­ing he had died when eight years ago she was first told he had tried to end his life.

“My hus­band was try­ing to re­as­sure me that ‘he’ll be OK, he’ll be OK’… I just knew that he was gone,” Collette said.

Nathan left be­hind two brothers and a sis­ter.

Collette and her hus­band Dave are sup­port­ing a drive to de­liver vi­tal funds for Life­line WA.

The Step­ping Out of the Shad­ows cam­paign aims to raise $1 mil­lion to train more vol­un­teers and men­tors, an­swer more calls and save more lives.

Collette said the ser­vice had been a “tower of strength” for their fam­ily since Nathan’s death.

“Life­line has done so much for my fam­ily,” she said.

“They’re just there for you if you feel that you’re go­ing into that dark place or you just want some­body to talk to.

“And they’re not just any­body that’s sat there wait­ing to take calls; they are 100 per cent sui­cide sur­vivors them­selves.”

Collette said Nathan’s best friend had com­mit­ted sui­cide only a year be­fore he had.

“He was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated and I re­mem­ber sit­ting talk­ing with him and say­ing: ‘Look, prom­ise me that you’ll never go there’,” she said.

“And he did, he promised me, but ob­vi­ously things just be­came too much.”

She said he had a lov­ing, happy en­ergy but strug­gled with con­fi­dence, was too hard on him­self and had trou­ble with other kids at school.

“He got into fights be­cause peo­ple tried to bully him be­cause he was a very tall boy – he was six foot four – and peo­ple thought that ‘Oh, he thinks he’s a big man’ and ‘We’ll have a go at him’,” she said.

“He was very strong-willed and a lot of the time he would just take what­ever was dished out to him to a point that when he did snap he would lose his tem­per.”

Nathan left school when he was 15 and en­tered the work­force.

Collette said at the time of his death, he was hav­ing re­la­tion­ship prob­lems and they had asked him to move back home.

“We lost him on March 5, 2009. We had no idea, ab­so­lutely no idea what was go­ing on,” she said.

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Collette Wright with a pho­to­graph of her son Nathan.

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