Childhood friend pays tribute to Thornaby soldier who took his own life

A childhood friend of a North East veteran has called for more mental health awareness after her friend took his own life.

Michaela Hindmarsh, 33, of Thornaby in Stockton, has called for greater mental health awareness after former sailor, Adam Thompson, 33, took his own life.

She said Adam, also from Thornaby, had struggled with PTSD and his mental health since leaving the Marines.

Ms Hindmarsh, who has set up a fundraiser to help with Adam’s funeral costs, urged men to reach out and wants more to be done to help those in difficulty.

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Speaking about Adam, she said: “[He was] the life and soul of the party. He was a real boy, he was one of the boys.

“He was loyal, he was fun to be around, he was just a normal, carefree boy.

“Men’s mental health is important, there’s a big stigma about boys talking and that sort of thing.

“People need to be nicer to each other, you never know what someone is going through.

“He will be missed by everyone. I hope he is at peace, free from his demons.”

Ms Hindmarsh said Adam joined the Royal Marines when he was between 16 and 17 and trained to become a Royal Marine Commando.

Speaking on men’s mental health, she urged men to ‘reach out’ and hopes more men will be heard.

So far Ms Hindmarsh’s fundraiser has raised £725 and has a target of £1,500.

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A separate fundraiser started by Adam’s friend and companion, Johnathan Nelson, is raising money to help with funeral expenses.

In the post, he paid tribute to his late friend, calling him “absolutely nice” and called for more mental health awareness.

He said: “We have to go around each other.

“There is not a single boy who deserves to fight alone.”

So far, Mr Nelson’s fundraising has exceeded its £500 target, raising £3,180.

Adam’s family declined to comment publicly.

You can find Ms. Hindmarsh’s fundraiser here, and Mr. Nelson’s fundraiser here.

If anyone has mental health issues, the Samaritan’s number is 116 123.

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