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Mum's quest to fulfill son's request to boost men's mental health

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25.08.2021

A bereaved family is campaigning for more support for men's mental health to fulfil the last request of a popular father-of-three in the wake of his death.

William Smith Jr was found at home in Ashwellsthorpe, south Norfolk, on July 6 after taking his own life at the age of 35.

His mum Ann, from Hellesdon, shared that in notes to his family, he expressed how much he felt loved and more needed to be done for men's mental health, having covered his struggles.

William Smith was described by his mum as an outgoing, sociable, person. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Mrs Smith said: "That was my son's last request, I have to follow it through. As much as I would like to sit in the corner and weep all day. I have to get my family through this, we have to keep the normality for his three daughters.

"Because it was my son's last request if we can help one person out there, that is one less family to suffer."

Mr Smith grew up in Norwich, attending Heather Avenue Infant School and Firside Junior School.

After leaving high school he went into construction, working on projects including the new hospital site and Primark.

Tributes have been paid to William Smith. Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

He was also an "adoring" dad to his three daughters Laila, 12, Scarlett, eight, and Willow, three.

Mrs Smith said Covid played a huge part in her son's death and was concerned that young men were struggling under "immense pressure" and needed support.

For the family, she said the 35-year-old spoke daily to his sister Helen and did not........

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