Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speak out and Beat Depression

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speak out and Beat Depression

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Byline: By Joanne Parkinson

Christopher James went from a fun-loving teenager to a withdrawn, heavy drinker in five years. His life ended on a Metro track days before his 23rd birthday. Now his grieving mother, Sandra Rogers, is urging young men not to keep their problems to themselves. Joanne Parkinson spoke to her

Sandra Rogers will never forget the moment police broke the news her son Christopher James had died after being hit by a Metro train.

Five years after depression took hold of Christopher's life he turned from a happy go lucky young man to a withdrawn heavy drinker, with no interest in life.

And days before his 23rd birthday, Christopher, of Kenton, lay on Metro lines near Fawdon to be hit by a train.

Christopher's inquest, held last week, returned an open verdict, but Sandra knows in her heart her troubled son killed himself.

Now Sandra, of Apsley Green, Kenton, Newcastle, is speaking out about the illness that led to her son's death. She urges youngsters to seek help if they think depression is taking over their lives.

"If it's going to help just one young person and save a family from the hell we've been through, then I want people to know what happened and I want those who might be suffering depression to know they are not alone and there is help.

"If Christopher had realised other people felt the same way he did then he wouldn't have felt so isolated. Maybe he would still be here today if he'd spoken to others with depression."

Sandra first noticed her son's condition when he was 18 and an accident at home left him unable to play football, a sport he loved.

"He was in despair that he couldn't play football," said Sandra, 44. "He became quiet and withdrawn. It was worrying."

Christopher sank even lower when, two years ago his then girlfriend miscarried. …

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