Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'If Brendan Had Talked Maybe the Outcome Would Have Been Different. He Suffered in Silence and I Wish He Didn't'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'If Brendan Had Talked Maybe the Outcome Would Have Been Different. He Suffered in Silence and I Wish He Didn't'

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter

HE was a young man who loved Christmas and looked forward to the festivities.

But troubled Brendan Smail suffered in silence with depression and in May jumped from the Tyne Bridge, leaving his family and friends devastated.

As Christmas arrives, his mother Mary is urging anyone suffering depression to speak out.

And she hopes to save lives as she remembers her son.

"It is this time of year when many people who suffer from depression find it difficult," said Mary, 51, of Walker, Newcastle.

"When others are enjoying themselves, others find it a very lonely time and can be in a very dark place.

"It is better to talk about how you feel. If Brendan talked then maybe the outcome would have been different. He suffered in silence and I wished he didn't." Mary is doing all she can to stop others from taking their own lives.

She is on a mission to raise enough money to open a centre for people with depression and other mental health issues, where they can go to a safe place for face-to-face talks and has set up Brendan's Trust.

"I know there are telephone numbers to ring for help from the Samaritans and Mind but people who are suicidal need someone to talk to face to face," added Mary.

"This is why I believe a centre for people with mental health issues would be good so they can just drop in and talk."

Brendan didn't tell anyone about his inner feelings and ended his own life.

Mary said she never had any idea how he was feeling and is now channelling her grief into making something positive happen, as she hopes to open the centre in her son's name.

Mary added: "We have a Facebook page in Brendan's memory and anyone who wants to talk on Christmas Day can message me and I will answer them. I believe if Brendan had someone to talk to he would be here today. …

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