Tragedy as ‘lovely’ young mum takes own life leaving behind three-year-old son

A "lovely" mum took her own life leaving behind her three-year-old son after years of trying to get help for her mental health.

Casey Thornhill, 21, from Sheffield, South Yorks, killed herself after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but help came too late, Yorkshire Live reports.

She leaves behind three-year-old lad Noah and family friend Rachel Jackson has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the boy who has been left without a mother.

The fundraiser has already raised £17,000 for the mum who died on Wednesday, December 16.

Heartbroken Rachel said: "She was a lovely person, vibrant and full of life. She had some really good friends and most of all she was a fantastic mum.

"Her mum Julia fought to get her the right help and Casey did too once she became an adult.

"She had just started treatment before her death, but obviously it was just too later for her.

"At the time she was in a really good place and recently had her nails done and bought Christmas pjs for the family.

"But one thing that people don't realise with BPD is that changes can happen really quickly."

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Casey's mum Julia wants to raise awareness over the condition so others suffering can get help.

Rachel said: "We found out on Wednesday night and it really upset us. There's not much you can do in this situation so we thought that we would set up a fundraiser that will help Noah in the future.

"We also wanted to help raise understanding of the illness. Casey wanted help, she knew she was ill and she just wanted to be OK for Noah.

"But the illness can make things happen really quickly and suddenly. It really was a tragic ending."

If you want to donate to the GoFundMe page set up for Noah, visit here.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK free on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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