1. ITV Report

Simon's legacy: Mother's plea for more support for addicts in memory of son

The mother of a man who took his own life after turning to drugs as he tried to deal the trauma of being sexually abused says more needs to be done to help people like her son.

Simon Holt from Bradford suffered in silence for 14 years Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Simon Holt from Bradford suffered in silence for fourteen years before police asked him to give evidence against his abuser who it emerged had carried out many more attacks.

Brian Jackson was jailed for life in 2012 for the attack on Simon and other women. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

His mother Dorothy says he never recovered from what had happened.

Now she says she will not rest until there are more facilities to help people like Simon. Katie Oscroft reports.

In response to Dorothy Holt's campaign, a spokesperson for Bradford Council said that they fund a variety of programmes to help people with mental health issues and addiction. They added they do provide access to residential rehab, though it may not always be the most suitable option. And it is important that programmes are tailored around the needs of the individual.