Teenager’s tragic last words to friends just hours before he took his own life

Friends and family are searching for answers after young teenager Sam Tyler took his own life minutes after happily playing video games with friends.

The 14-year-old schoolboy died four months ago and those closest to him feel they are no closer to understanding what made him make such a final decision about his own life on May 25.

Heartbroken mum, Tracey, is still trying to wrap her mind around the tragic night – as she could not see any problems with her son when she left him at home while she went to work at George Eliot hospital in Coventry.

When she left, Sam was laughing and joking with friends via a headset and told them he would be "back in two secs" – but three hours later was dead.

Tracey and Sam’s friends have been replaying the night in their minds to try to think of any clues they could have missed leading to his suicide.

But they are all “shell-shocked” and in disbelief as he seemed so happy before he took action.

Speaking to CoventryLive, Tracey said: ”The night he did it, he was still making plans to go fishing the following weekend. I think Covid had a big part in it, I think he felt so isolated from everyone.

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"Something must have just triggered in his head because he was just literally on his headset to his friends and they were all laughing and joking in a group chat and he just said 'back in two secs' and never went back online.”

Devastated Tracey fears she may never know the reason her son took his own life.

She said he had been popular, was in a relationship with a girlfriend, and had “everything to live for” before he took his life.

She is now urging other parents to invite their own children to open up about their mental health in the hope a similar tragedy can be avoided.

Tracey added: "No parent wants to talk to their kids and say 'do you feel like killing yourself' – it is like a taboo subject.

"But I just want to urge people to ask them, it is a five minute conversation that could probably save their life if they are feeling that way.

"You don't want to put something in their head like that. You just avoid the subject, you don't like to think about your child dying either but that's what I want to make people think about.

"If everyone just took a minute to check on their child's mental health, then maybe we could save a few lives."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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