The father of missing Norfolk student Sophie Smith is backing a campaign to tackle mental heath in children and young people.
Sophie was last seen heading towards the sea in her pyjamas on Boxing Day, she'd left a suicide note.
Martin Knowles only found out after she'd disappeared, that his daughter had been suffering from severe anxiety and depression.
Now he is trying to encourage other young people to get help for their problems.
Last night (17th April) Martin was the guest speaker at a mental health awareness event organised for young people in the Gorleston and Hopton area of Norfolk.
The event at Cliff Park Junior School in Gorleston was aimed at young people aged under 25 to give them and their parents an insight into local services and support; counselling, referrals and advice.
The idea came from the Gorleston based Central Health Centre Patient Participation Group which said Sophie's disappearance had focussed hearts and minds on the important issue of mental health.
Another speaker at the event was 15 year old Jessica Jones who suffers with anxiety and she talked openly about how she feels on a bad day.
Her mother Nicola says Jessica's problems all started when she got bullied at the age of six.
The charity Young Minds works to support young people with mental health issues, their statistics are worrying:
- 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
- Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health ( including anxiety and depression).
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys between 5 and 19 years old and second most common for girls of this age.
Watch an interview with Jo Estrin from Young Minds spoke to ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.