‘i hope toby’s story en­cour­ages oth­ers to seek help’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Dreadful Secret Of Reed Pond -

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.

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