Young dad, 21, with 'warm and loving heart' kills himself after struggling with coronavirus lockdown
Red Gale, 21, the told his family he needed his "huge support system" to survive the pandemic.
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His sister Autumn, 26, said: "He told my mum that he wouldn’t make it through the lockdown.
“He had so many friends and family who cared about him but when the rules started he lost that huge support system.
"We tried really hard to take the pain away from him but he struggled."
On April 1, the London-born singer sent a “goodbye” message to his mum Polly and close friends.
The heartbroken family, from Wales, confirmed the gym enthusiast had taken his own life.
The dad-of-one was let down by health chiefs who were taking care of Covid-19 patients, his family has claimed.
Autumn said: “He was let down – we reached out to services, GPs, hotlines and everything but as soon as the pandemic started it felt like he was being passed around and that they closed the doors on him.
"Everything was about the virus.”
My brother was funny, loyal and thoughtful, he went above and beyond for so many people.
Red was a loving dad to his little girl and he had helped other young people struggling with mental health, his family said.
Autumn added: “My brother was funny, loyal and thoughtful, he went above and beyond for so many people.
“He had been struggling with his mental health for a couple of years and was let down so many times.
“His friends and family, we were all fighting for him but he couldn’t do it anymore and gave up the fight.”
In a tribute to her son, Red’s mum said: “You had a soft, warm and loving heart.
"A heart that would fiercely protect the vulnerable, because you understood how it felt.
“You lived with a wounded heart for far too long and I wished everyday that the universe would protect you to heal that beautiful heart of yours.”
The family is calling for more action and mental health support for people struggling during the lockdown.
Dr Warren Lloyd, clinical director for mental health at the Hywel Dda University Health Board said services were being delivered effectively and efficiently during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “Mental health crisis provision is designated an essential service for people of all ages and have been preserved and will be further enhanced as and when required in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for people both in hospital and within the community.”
An inquest will be held into Red’s tragic death later this year.
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