A family who laid their “beautiful, funny and loving” 13-year-old son to rest following his tragic suicide are determined his legacy will be to help others not to follow the same path.

Ryan Turner’s funeral was held yesterday (February 11), with friends and well-wishers lining the roads between his home in Hartshill, Nuneaton, and the crematorium wearing red for the Manchester United fan.

But while the family’s devastation continues, they have vowed to raise money for a suicide prevention charity in his name.

Ryan took his own life on January 19 – something that came completely out of the blue to his family who said they were “no signs” and “no changes in his behaviour”.

Ryan’s uncle, David Goldsby, said: “We are beyond devastated and will never get over this. But all of the family feel we have to do what we can to prevent this happening to anyone else.”

He urged: “Please talk to your kids, let them know that it’s ok to feel down, it’s ok to be sad, it’s ok to talk about how you’re feeling. Mental health is not silly, it’s not attention seeking, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. These are difficult times but any problem can be overcome, so please don’t take a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Please don’t let this happen again.”

Ryan Turner pictured in the kit of his beloved Manchester United FC

Ryan’s fundraising legacy

Ryan’s family have joined forces with Papyrus, a charity that proactively tries to prevent, educate and support families after suicides.

They have launched a fundraising page in Ryan’s memory where every penny will be donated to the cause and also plan to hold fundraising events, once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

The whole family wants to raise money for the good cause in Ryan’s name to ensure the charity can help as many people as possible.

“We want to ensure Ryan’s tragedy can help prevent other young people and families suffer the same fate,” Mr Goldbsy said.

“This is why we have decided to support the charity Papyrus.”

To support the family’s fundraising mission, the page can be found here.

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice please contact PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141, text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org.

Helplines and support groups

The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks for people to talk to.

  • Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity based in England providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
  •  Young Persons Advisory Service –  Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families.  tel: 0151 707 1025    email: support@ypas.org.uk

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