In memory of Scott
A fundraising ceilidh is being held in memory of Stewartry rugby player Scott Carson.
The 22-year-old was found dead at the family farm near Gatehouse in February.
Christina Sharkey, partner of Scott’s brother Ross, is organising the ceilidh in aid of two mental health charities.
She has struggled with depression and paranoid personality disorder for the last 11 years.
And she had been in hospital as a psychiatric patient in Glasgow when she found out about Scott’s death.
Now she is determined to raise awareness of mental health issues to prevent other young people from reaching the point of no return.
Christina, 22, a care assistant from Moffat, said: “I have had these issues for so long it’s pretty much just a normal part of my life now.
“It was just after I came out of hospital we found out Scott had taken his life. It was devastating. He had been struggling a wee bit but he was a farmer and he just got on with it. There was no clue that he was in that much trouble.”
The ceilidh will benefit MIND and Heads Together.
She added: “These charities are so important to us as a family and mental illness is a taboo that must be tackled. We need to spread the message that it’s okay not to be okay.
“This has given me something positive to focus on and hopefully through tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness we can stop this happening to other people, young and old.”
Scott was a member of Stewartry Young Farmer’s Club and had been a popular player with the rugby club for several years.
The fundraiser will take place on October 21 at The Abbey Inn in Lincluden. There will be live music, food, dancing, drinks and a raffle.
Tickets are available online via the Facebook page: Ceilidh in aid of MIND in memory of Scott.
Tribute Christina Sharkey and her partner Ross Carson