A MUM-of-one tragically took her own life nine days before Christmas, after struggling with her mental health.
Friends and family have told of Casey Thornhill's battle to get help after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
The 21-year-old from Sheffield has left behind her boyfriend and three-year-old son, Noah.
She was found to have reportedly taken her own life on December 16.
In the wake of the tragedy, family friend Rachel Jackson has set up a memorial fund to help Noah. It has raised more than £17,500.
She told Yorkshire Live: "She was a lovely person, vibrant and full of life. She had some really good friends and most of all she was a fantastic mum.
"Her mum Julia fought to get her the right help and Casey did too once she became an adult.
"She had just started treatment before her death, but obviously it was just too late for her.
"At the time she was in a really good place and recently had her nails done and bought Christmas PJs for the family.
"But one thing that people don't realise with BPD is that changes can happen really quickly."
Casey's heartbroken mum said she wants others to know more about the condition, to try and help more people in their situation.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
BDP is a disorder of mood and how a person interacts with others. It's the most commonly recognised personality disorder.
The main symptoms include emotional instability, disturbed patterns of thinking, impulsive behaviour and intense but unstable relationships with others.
It can be a serious condition, with various treatment options once diagnosed.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.
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