Pop star Rob­bie’s trib­ute to tragic daugh­ter of pal


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DA­MON WILKIN­SON and ROB AN­DREWS @MENnews­desk

ROB­BIE Wil­liams has paid an emo­tional trib­ute to the daugh­ter of a close friend after she ‘took her own life’ dur­ing a week­end away with friends in Manch­ester.

The for­mer Take That star said he hoped to help raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues fol­low­ing the death of Caitlin O’Reilly, 20.

Caitlin is the daugh­ter of one of Rob­bie’s close friends.

In a mes­sage to his 2.57 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers, Rob­bie wrote: “Caitlin Ni­cole O’Reilly was a beau­ti­ful 20-yearold girl with her whole life ahead of her. Yet she trag­i­cally took her own life.

“My friend Pete wants to try to help use this tragic event to raise aware­ness of the amount of young peo­ple suf­fer­ing with men­tal health is­sues. I am hon­oured to sup­port him in mem­ory of Caitlin.”

Caitlin, from New­cas­tle-un­der-Lyme, died dur­ing a week­end away with friends in Manch­ester ear­lier this year.

Dad Pete, a close friend of Rob­bie, wrote: “Caitlin was a very happy child, who grew up in an ex­tremely lov­ing fam­ily. She suf­fered on and off over re­cent years with her men­tal health.

“Caitlin is no longer with us but I want us all to re­mem­ber her, and so many other beau­ti­ful souls across the world. There are so many who have sadly made a choice to end their lives, when ac­tion could have pre­vented it from hap­pen­ing.

“To­gether, we must do all we can to help those suf­fer­ing and try to limit the dev­as­ta­tion caused by sui­cide.

“Deal­ing with the af­ter­math of a loved-one who has made the choice to end their life is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult. Sui­cide has a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on those who are left be­hind and are hav­ing to pick up the pieces. Some­times there is no warn­ing or ex­pla­na­tion.

“My mes­sage to any­body feel­ing low, or who is suf­fer­ing with their own men­tal health in any way, is to firstly recog­nise it. That is the most coura­geous step; iden­ti­fy­ing you need help. Be brave. Talk­ing is es­sen­tial.

“I urge you to tell your friends and loved-ones how you are feel­ing and seek as much help as you can. There are so many or­gan­i­sa­tions avail­able to help you right now. Do not suf­fer in si­lence.

“It is stag­ger­ing the amount of children and young peo­ple who feel so low they are con­tem­plat­ing tak­ing their own lives. We all owe them our time, ef­fort and ex­pe­ri­ence to stop them mak­ing the same mis­take as Caitlin.

He added: “Let’s never give up for Caitlin’s mem­ory and so many other beau­ti­ful souls around the world.”

Caitlin O’Reilly took her own life while on a week­end away in Manch­ester

Rob­bie Wil­liams

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