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WATCH: Woking man's musical tribute after losing friend to suicide

WATCH: Woking man's musical tribute after losing friend to suicide

Published by Josh Kerr at 6:00am 20th April 2019. (Updated at 8:59am 20th April 2019)

"No it can't have been Oli, Oli was always the smiling one."

That was the reaction of Oliver Dinsdale's close friends after the 23-year-old took his own life in November 2018.

Among them was Josh Croft, who through his grief is trying to bring about positivity by encouraging others to open up and seek help when they are suffering with their mental health.

Played at Oli's funeral, Josh has written a piece of music entitled “Suffering In Silence (For Oli)” to raise awareness and stop others doing the same.

He said:

"No one really knew how bad he was and it really, really tore us up when we found out about it.

"You shouldn't have to hide behind a smile with it, you should be free to talk about it - you should want to talk about it.

"No one deserves to be a prisoner of their own mind - not at all - the help is there.

"Please just take the help that is there, because no one deserves to suffer in silence the way Oli and countless other people have."

Watch Josh's tribute "Suffering In Silence (For Oli)":

Signs you may be struggling to cope

Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has produced the following advice regarding signs that you might be struggling and should seek help:

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Experiencing 'brain fog', find it hard to think clearly
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Feelings restless and agitated
  • Feeling tearful, wanting or cry all the time
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things and tasks
  • Experiencing 'burn out'
You can find out more information about support available on the Samaritans website. You can also access help via their 24/7 Crisis Line on 116 123.

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