Mother vows to help young people struggling with mental health after son's death

A mother from Sussex, whose son died after years of battling mental health problems, says she will fight for support for young people who are struggling.

Disability rights campaigner Alison Lapper lost her son, Parys, last month. He was 19 years old. She says there is a chronic lack of resources to support and care for those who need it most.

The Government says spending on mental health services has risen to billions of pounds over the last few years, but charities say in real terms it's dropped almost 8%.

Alison is now campaigning to set up the Parys Lapper Foundation, in her son's memory.

  • Rachel Hepworth reports

  • Alison joined Fred and Amanda in our studio to tell us more:

For help and advice:

  • Call The Samaritans on 116 123

  • Call Mind 0800 123 3393

  • Call Young Minds Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544