Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

A father of two made his lunch and put his clothes out the next day hours before taking his own life.

Stephen Kent, 50, was found dead at his home in Gateacre, Liverpool, in June last year by his daughter Amy.

He leaves behind his wife Carol, 53, children Amy, 24 and Andrew, 21, his father Barry, sister Kathy and cousin David.

The electrician, who owned his own business, was described by his family as “life in every room”, and Amy said her father’s death was completely unexpected.

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Before he died, Stephen had decided he wanted to leave his job and his share of the business.

He had therefore agreed to meet his business partner that day.

“There was no sign at all that he wanted to change his job, but he did, all the plans were in place,” Amy told ECHO.

“Everything was ready for the next day; his clothes were laid out, his lunch was made for work the next day.

“It’s so sad that it was what he thought was the only answer, and it really was not at all.

“He obviously felt there was no one he could talk to about it, and that was his easiest solution.”

Stephen Kent from Gateacre took his own life in June 2020. Here in the picture with his daughter Amy, 24

Amy said, “I don’t think there are any words you can say that make anyone understand how it feels.

“I think you also go through all sorts of feelings and guilt.

“Why was I not there for him? Why did he think it was the only way? And almost like how could he do it to me knowing that it was me who would find him?

“I do not want anyone to suffer the way I have and the way my family has, and if I can do something to stop it, I want to.

“It’s awful to have to go through this, and no one should have to.”

Samaritans (116123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you are feeling or if you are worried about being overheard on the phone, you can send an email to Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org, write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest department.

Mind 0300 123 3393 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) promotes views and needs of people with mental health issues. Visit www.mind.org.uk

CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a guide for men who are down or have hit a wall for some reason who need to talk or find information and support. They are open from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

SANE (0300 304 7000) Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers, daily at 16.30 to 22.30. Visit www.sane.org.uk/support

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Amy now aims to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Later this month, Amy runs the Rock n Roll Marathon in Liverpool with her friend John to raise money for The Martin Gallier Project.

The Martin Gallier project is a Wirral-based charity that aims to prevent suicide, break down stigma and support families from across the Northwest.

Amy hopes sharing her story will encourage others to check in with people around them and talk openly about how they are feeling.

Amy paid tribute to her father and said, “He was life in every room.

“He wanted to encourage everyone, he was just life and soul wherever he went.

“I went to him for countless things and I always felt so close to my father, we were just the same.

“I want to do [the marathon] I keep him alive, almost as if his spirit is somehow living on through me.

“I do not want anyone to ever forget him, so I feel that doing so also keeps his name alive.”

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