A young father has been found dead just hours after posting a heartbreaking message on Facebook.
It’s believed Will Evans, from Worcestershire, took his own life on November 8, just hours after he posted a status which hinted at suicide.
Tributes have flooded in on Will’s Facebook page, with his friends sharing their condolences and expressing their shock.
It’s understood Will was in his 20’s and a father to Molly Louise. He studied at Dyson Perrins CE High School in Worcestershire before studying Music Technology at Kidderminster College. He worked at a burger restaurant in Worcester called HANBAO.
According to The Sun, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they’d received an emergency call just after 3pm and a male was ‘declared dead at the scene’.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
We were called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest in Beauchamp Road. We sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a basics doctor and an air ambulance from Strensham.
However, he said the ambulance crew quickly realised on arrival, ‘unfortunately, nothing could be done’.
Before Will was found by medics, he posted a heartbreaking final status to his Facebook page, which read, ‘F*ck this I’m out’, alongside a peace emoji.
Just four hours before his final message, he wrote another status saying: ‘Turns out the people you think are your mates really arnt’ [sic]
Friends quickly responded to his message with words of love, posting tributes as they found out what had happened.
Facebook friend Dan Hughes wrote:
Rest easy mate rip will I can’t believe this has happened my thoughts and prays are with the family at this sad sad time [sic]
While Lauren Spartley wrote:
RIP Will – I hope you’re free of any demons you were fighting. Sleep tight
Suicide statistics are shockingly high. Every two hours in the UK, a man takes his own life, meaning today – and every day of the year – 12 men in Britain will tragically cut their lives short.
Charity Movember UK say suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 15 to 44 and they are urging men to talk and seek professional advice if they’re concerned about their mental health.
We know around 75 per cent of all suicides across the world are men, and in some countries such as the USA, this rate is higher.
We are taking a stand to put an end to this problem. At the Movember Foundation, we are empowering men worldwide with the tools and resources to be mentally healthy and well and navigate the tough times, surrounded by friends and family.
Suicide is a complex yet preventable public health issue. We believe there are many contributing factors. Historically the dominant masculinity is one that champions stoicism, independence, invulnerability and avoidance of negative emotions. In particular, self-reliance has been shown to be associated with negative health outcomes including suicidal thinking.
We are encouraging men across the world to be men of more words because we know that talking saves lives. This is a good place to start but if they are concerned they may be depressed, anxious or thinking about suicide it is important they speak to a healthcare professional.
Although we’re talking about mental health now more than ever, the numbers show we still have a long way to go.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.
In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found at Suicide.org.
Save a life. Take the free suicide prevention training provided by Zero Suicide Alliance today.
A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).