Heartbroken mum launches mental health awareness campaign in memory of her son - The Evesham Observer

Heartbroken mum launches mental health awareness campaign in memory of her son

Evesham Editorial 9th Feb, 2017   0

THE HEARTBROKEN mother of a former Pershore High School student who took his own life after he was cyber-bullied has launched a mental health awareness campaign in his memory.

Lucy Alexander, whose son Felix died in April last year, launched Felix’s Campaign for Kindness at the Station Road school on Monday (February 6).

Felix was just 17-years-old when he was hit by a train at Norton, near Worcester, on Wednesday, April 27.

Worcestershire coroner Geraint Williams recorded a verdict of suicide after an inquest into Felix’s death.

Following his death, Lucy penned an emotional open letter in which she told how Felix was dubbed the ‘most hated boy in school’ and the abuse her son was subjected to before his death was ‘cruel and overwhelming’.

The heartbroken mother released the letter in the hope teachers, parents and children would become aware of the dangers of social media bullying.

Felix moved to Pershore High School in a bid to escape his heartache and was praised as a ‘bright and kind’ young man before his tragic death.

Now as part of her continued effort to prevent more young lives being lost, Lucy has launched a campaign which aims to teach staff and students how to spot the signs of mental health problems.

At the launch of the campaign, which is being supported by the charity Place2Be, Lucy spoke to sixth form students.

The grieving mum asked them to sign the Felix’s Charter of Kindness pledge and all the students at the Station Road school have signed up to the pledge over the course of three assemblies this week.

Headteacher Clive Corbett, said: “Since Felix’s tragic death last year we have worked very closely with Lucy and her family to try to find a positive way forward from the terrible events of last April.

“Supported by the charity, Place2Be, in June and July we are introducing training for both staff and young people.

“This will focus upon mental health awareness, making sure that staff and students alike can spot the signs of young people who may have very serious issues or may simply be in need of support.

“A peer mentor scheme through which young people will support their peers will also be introduced,” he added.


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