‘i hope toby’s story encourages others to seek help’
Joy Parkinson admits her son’s death was a not a complete surprise, but still came as a shock to the family.
“You think you should have noticed something, but he was quite a private person,” she told the Gazette earlier this month.
“You beat yourself up thinking you could have done something.
“I think it needs to be more encouraged that people should get help for their problems.
“The college had noticed he was becoming more withdrawn and they had tried to encourage him to get help.”
Mr Parkinson, who grew up in Margate, was one of four brothers, aged from 13 to 25.
His mum said: “I think his death has made us all aware that what we see on the outside may not be what they are feeling inside.
“I want them to know they are not an island – they have people around them who care.
“I hope that in reading Toby’s story, someone in a similar situation finds the strength to seek help.
“As a family, we will be trying to support the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) in his memory.”
A memorial gig for Mr Parkinson was held on June 13 at Olbey’s in Margate.
To get support through CALM visit www.thecalmzone.net.
If you would like confidential support, call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time.