Family pays tribute to young Sunderland dad after he takes his own life, aged 19

Travis' funeral is set to take place in Sunderland later this month. Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION.

The family of a young dad who took his own life have called for more mental health support.

Travis Brash was found dead by police officers his home in the Thorney Close area of Sunderland on 6 January.

The 19-year-old's worried family called police after they received messages from him and were unable to gain entry to his address.

Leonie Cook, Mr Brash's fiancée, said: "It was the worst moment of my life.

"How do you explain to a two-year-old that he's not going to see his dad again? He keeps pointing to the sky, saying 'dad' and blowing kisses."

Travis Brash with fiancée Leonie Cook and two-year-old son Kyran. Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

About Mr Brash's relationship with his two-year-old son Kyran, Ms Cook said: "Trav was amazing with Kyran, he loved him to bits. He knew how to make him laugh in a way I didn't know how to.

"I have got to manage, with me having Kyran, but it's really hard. I try not to cry in front of him. When he's asleep, that's when I cry.

"I'm just going to have to be mam and dad together and never let him forget who his dad was."

The pair met when they were both at the Beacon of Light School and she fell pregnant with Kyran five months after they got together.

They had been in a relationship for three-and-a-half years and Ms Cook said that Mr Brash - who she affectionately called 'Trav' - proposed to her in a room filled with rose petals.

She said: "We hadn't planned a wedding or anything yet but it would have happened one day. I just loved everything about him. He had a beautiful smile".

Ms Cook said Mr Brash had suffered with mental health issues for years and his family did everything they could to support him.

She said that when he reached the age of 18 he had sought support from a different mental health worker but that he struggled with the change and decided not to go back.

Travis Brash - who grew up in the Doxford Park of Sunderland - with his son, Kyran. Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION.

Ms Cook, who lives with family in Pennywell, Sunderland, said: "His family is absolutely broken. They're trying to be strong for the little ones but we can only be strong for so long.

"They have always been worried about this happening and it's happened. There is a lot of help out there but I feel there should be more.

"Trav would always have his down days. We could be in the happiest moments of our life and he would still be down. You would be able to tell when he was having a bad day, he would be down and he would be upset.

"We were really shocked as he's been alright, he was going to come off his antidepressant medication but he didn't."

The alarm was raised when Mr Brash sent messages to those closest to him. Ms Cook said she received a message from him which said: "Give Kyran a kiss and tell him that I love him".

She said: "He text his best friend and told him to always be there for Kyran and look after Kyran. Elliott went through everything with him.

"He didn't realise how loved he really was. If love could have saved him he'd still be here. There's never going to be anyone like him again. He will be missed very much."

Travis Brash with his mother, Kelly Brash. Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION.

Kelly, Mr Brash's mum, said: "Our whole world has fallen apart. We hope he has found the peace he was searching for from his demons. If love could of saved our beautiful boy he would of lived a million lifetimes.

"I wish there was more help for people with mental health issues. Let's hope this raises more awareness and schools start to take children's mental health a lot more seriously."

Ms Cook has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with the cost of his funeral. More than £3,600 has already been donated to the fund.

Mr Brash's funeral is set to take place in Sunderland later this month.

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