THE Mighty Redcar TV star Jade Smith left haunting ‘suicide note’ tweets posted days after her death.
The 21-year-old was found dead at a beauty spot in Huntcliff, North Yorks, on Sunday – pleading “I love you and I am sorry” in messages shared three days later.
The proud political campaigner had appeared in the BBC 2 series in which she spoke of her beliefs and even showed off an “I love Boris Johnson” tattoo.
But after the young woman’s body was found, a string of tragic tweets were shared from her account in an apparent farewell message.
In one of the first Twitter messages, Jade wrote: “So I suppose if you’re reading this I’ve committed suicide probably 3 days ago. This is an explanation of why, however this is also a trigger warning.
“If you don’t feel able to read this; don’t. But rest in the knowledge I love you and I am sorry.”
Jade, who was one of many young people shadowed as part of the Might Redcar programme that charted the deprived town’s high unemployment, opened up about problems she had experienced in her life.
In the series of tweets, she explained she had struggled with drug abuse and previously self-harmed.
She claimed she had even been abused for being a Tory – both from within the party and from others outside.
Sharing a collage of photos, the final tweet warned: “Look out for each other out there. Remember not everyone looks depressed. Goodbye x”
It is unclear if the messages were written by someone else however it is possible to schedule tweets.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
Jade had been noticed by Beeb producers for Might Redcar programme show after an online article she wrote for the Huffington Post titled: “Criminals Do Not Define My Home Town”.
During the show, she is filmed canvassing for the General Election before jetting off to Greece where she spent a “brilliant few months” working as a nanny and English teacher.
She remained close to the Greek family she lived with during her stay but returned to Redcar where she worked in adult social care.
She was a former pupil of Redcar’s Rye Hills School and Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough.
When asked if she had thick enough skin to cope with comments about her tattoo, she told the Gazette: “Mate, I’m a Tory from Redcar – a young woman involved in politics trying to do what’s right for Redcar.”
MOST READ IN NEWS
East Cleveland MP Simon Clarke, who paid tribute to Jade, describing her as a “a remarkable and complex person”.
He said: “She would be the first to say she had made some mistakes but she also had real qualities – not least a fierce work ethic, a mischievous sense of humour and a passionate love of our area.
“Anyone who saw her on The Mighty Redcar will remember her as a young woman who wanted to succeed and to make a difference.”
- IF you are having suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to talk, call The Samaritans on 116 123.