A 17-year-old boy took his own life just days after a tragic accident.
Family and friends are heartbroken after Callum Cunningham, a promising and “great” rugby player, committed suicide on Monday May 31st.
Callum, who lived in the Crofton area of Wakefield, died just days after a close friend of his, Clayton Bottomley, tragically died in an elevator accident that also killed Clayton’s father, David. Yorkshire Live Reports.
Clayton died on Saturday May 22, days after his father David, 53, was killed in the Liverpool city center incident that occurred while both men were working on a site in the city’s Unity Building.
Both were from Castleford, West Yorkshire.
Callum and Clayton were friends and are pictured with another buddy in no time.
One of his Callum’s best friends, Taylor Hardwick, 18, who set up a donation page in his memory, said of the teenager: “He always had a smile on his face and made everyone smile too.”
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The couple played rugby together, and Taylor wanted to send a message encouraging people to talk about their mental health.
“I want people to have their say and let others know how they are feeling,” he said. “With men, we always have a chip on our shoulders.
“We want to look good and we never talk about our feelings. Many of us feel that it is our own fault and that we could have done more.
“We talked to Callum every day and checked him out, but we didn’t know how he was feeling and I’ve come to terms with it now and there was no way we could know.”
If you are struggling with your mental health and live in Hull and the East Riding, please visit this informative website for information on how to get support:
If you experience extreme feelings of suicide or self-harm, please contact one of the following people:
Humber Mental Health Service 01482 301701
· NHS 111
· Healthy mental health hotline on 0845 767 8000
· Samaritan on 116 123
· Your family doctor, a friend, relative or someone you trust
In a poignant tribute on Facebook, Eastmoor Dragons paid tribute to ARLFC Callum, describing him as “a really great player with a lion’s heart.”
They wrote on June 1st: “This morning a club, like many of you, wakes up to the devastating news that we have lost one of ours. We have been informed of the really heartbreaking news that one of us Juniors, Callum Cunningham, is no longer with us.
“Callum was a really great player with a lion heart who feared nothing on the field and gave everything when he put on the Eastmoor shirt. But more importantly, Callum was a great young man who was great.” around.
“The club would like to express its condolences to Callum’s close family, friends and the entire community following this terrible news. We want everyone to know that this club is there for the people, no matter what.
“Rest in peace, Callum Cunningham.”