A FAMILY has been left heartbroken after their daughter and sister who was the “life and soul of the party” took her own life.
Chloe Lowther, 18, died on July 23 after being found near a multi-storey car park in Scunthorpe, Lincs.
The “outgoing” café worker had bought bacon and eggs to cure a hangover the day before and her death came as a complete shock to her family.
Chloe’s sister now wants to help raise awareness for those who may be struggling with their mental health – and prevent other families from going through the same pain.
Shannon Walker, 25, said: “Chloe had been going through a lot and I think it all just added up.
“She was so outgoing and had so many friends, Chloe was always out doing something with someone.
“She was definitely the life of the party.”
Shannon added how her sister’s death came as a complete shock to her and the family, although they found some comfort in knowing there were people trying to help Chloe when she died.
“It didn’t really sink in until the next day to be honest,” Shannon said.
“The morning before she’d been buying bacon and eggs for a hangover cure.
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“I know she was having issues in her life and that she was having a tough time, but I was in disbelief when I first found out about everything.”
She added: “We have taken some comfort knowing that she wasn’t on her own though.
“There were some people there talking to her and trying to stop her from doing it, which has been somewhat comforting.”
Since Chloe’s death, Shannon has created a GoFundMe page to spread mental health awareness and aims to bring some light out of their darkness.
To help as much as possible, the funds raised will go towards the cost of her little sister’s funeral.
Shannon said: “Hopefully we can get something good out of this bad situation and stop this happening to another family.
“No parent should ever have to bury their child and I just want to make it easier for them.
“They have enough going on without worrying about the cost of the send off that Chloe deserves.”
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm