St Ives young adult case highlights the need for mental health help

The unfortunate death of St Ives rugby player Peter Skeggs has prompted police to encourage young people to speak out when they are feeling down or when they notice someone experiencing issues.

An inquest at Truro Crown Court found that Peter had been feeling down in the lead up to his death. On the night of his passing, his parents went out but made plans to return to take him out to dinner and walk the dog. When they came back they unfortunately found him dead in his room.

A note was left by Peter describing a relationship break down that had happened recently and his feelings of being low. Detective Constable Katie Tucker described it as being a “heart-wrenching” letter by the eighteen-year-old.

A recent report by BBC news found that only 22% of young adults feel they have someone to talk to in the moments of loneliness and depression which can strike at particular points in life. That sense of isolation can be negated by having someone to talk to. It is not so much the resolution of the problem that gives respite, but the sense of not having to carry the burden and having someone to share it with.

If you notice someone feeling down or need someone to talk to yourself, you can always call Samaritans anonymously on 116 123.