The tragic suicide of a Liverpool with a "heart of gold" is something we should all be talking about to stop it from happening again.
Joel Crockett-Devine took his own life after naked photos of him were shared online and he was hit with a flurry of offensive messages.
The 19-year-old was told to "die" in the messages which promoted Joel to ask his mum for money just before his death in an upsetting attempt to pay off those tormenting him.
Today, Liverpool Coroner's Court heard how, the evening before he died, Joel had been out with his mum Ruth to see friends.
They returned home to Wavertree at 9.30pm, on April 25, 2019, and it was noticed how the teenager appeared to be in "good spirits".
Elaine Jordan, the coroner's officer, told how Joel went to his bedroom, which was not unusual as he was an "introvert" and a "gamer".
The next day, it had reached 3pm and the former Bank View High School pupil had not emerged from his room, so mum Ruth went to check.
The 53-year-old tragically found him dead.
Now, Ruth is calling for people to be aware of the impact their actions can have so that no more mothers have to lose their sons the way she has.
People on social media paid tribute to Joel on Friday after an inquest into his death concluded.
Many also took the time to discuss mental health and how to reach out if you're struggling.
On Twitter, user @ElBrethers said: "Sleep well Joel. Heart goes out to Joel's mum and family.
"Suicide amongst young people and in men is growing in horrific numbers.
"It might feel difficult but please reach out for help.
"You won't be turned away."
Sue Roberts also tweeted: "A tragic waste of a young life,
"I hope other young people can learn from this.
"As a lasting tribute to Joel, I hope one or more of his family/ friends is brave enough to talk about this, warning other young people of the devastating consequences of share[ing] personal photo[s].
Elaine Jordan, the coroner's officer at his inquest in Liverpool, described how budding actor Joel was autistic, had Asperger's Syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and Harlequin Syndrome.
Helplines and support groups
The following are helplines and support networks for people to talk to, mostly listed on the NHS Choices website
- Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at email@example.com.
- Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.
- PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
- Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
- Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
- Hub of Hope is the UK’s most comprehensive national mental health support database. Download the free app, visit hubofhope.co.uk or text HOPE to 85258 to find relevant services near you.
- Young Persons Advisory Service – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool’s children, young people and families. tel: 0151 707 1025 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul's Place – providing free counselling and group sessions to anyone living in Merseyside who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Tel: 0151 226 0696 or email: email@example.com
Asked by the coroner to describe her son, Ms Crockett said: "He was just an amazing person, he had a heart of gold and would have done anything for anyone.
"He had loads of friends, he was loved in college, in school, at home.
"He was successful at drama and was going to do sports science in September.
"He had OCD, but that was mainly to do with Dr Who and he loved Liverpool Football Club as he was a fanatical Red.
"Joel was highly intelligent and left school with lots of GCSEs, he triumphed over his learning difficulties and was able to mix with anyone.
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"People fell in love with him, that's who he was."
Ms Crockett added: "I'd like to emphasise the dangers of showing naked images, it wreaked havoc with Joel's mind, completely."
Coroner Anita Bhardwaj said: "It is unclear what was in Joel's mind and if he intended to commit self-harm, but it is likely these [photos and messages] influenced him and played a part in his decision making to carry out the act.
"When carrying out the act, he did intend to take his own life."
Ms Bhardwaj recorded a conclusion of suicide.
She added: "It is a tragic loss of somebody so young who likely had a bright future in front of him."