Mum devastated after ‘perfect’ son who dreamed of joining Army took own life

A grieving mum has opened up about the heartbreak of losing her "perfect" son who took his own life.

The 20-year-old unexpectedly killed himself on August 31 and the family are devastated.

Liane Shield's world fell apart and is bravely sharing her story to raise awareness of the devastating impact of suicide.

Jack Watson had a good job, a loving family and plenty of friends.

He showed no signs that he was struggling with his mental health, ChronicleLive reports.

The 40-year-old mum said: "There were no signs at all. He had a good job, he finished college, he had lots of friends. He went on a night out that weekend and his friends all said he seemed happy.

"He had a holiday booked to go to Turkey, he had bought a card for my dad's 60th birthday, he had bought stuff for the week ahead.

"There was nothing at all to suggest that he was unhappy. This has come as a huge shock to everybody."

She added: "Outside the crematorium, there were so many people who were all just devastated I just wanted to scream out to Jack: 'Look at how loved you are' but it's too late. We can't bring him back.

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"I just wish we could change the outcome for Jack but we can't."

She added: "I just want people to know that they are loved and cherished and that every single life matters.

"If this hadn't happened to me and I was reading an article or seeing it on the news I would think that is awful for that family but I would never have thought it would have happened to me."

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Jack leaves behind five siblings; Katie, 17, Matthew, 15, Lily, 13, Harriet 9, and Molly 8.

Liane, from Wickham in Gateshead, said Jack dreamed about joining the British Army and was accepted after he appealed their initial decision to reject him due to epilepsy.

After taking time out for illness, he was told to reapply and was rejected for the second time.

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Liane said her son always seemed happy and now wants to remind other people struggling that they are "loved".

She added: "You think this happens to other people. It's like I'm living someone else's life.

"I don't have enough words to explain just how much devastation we all feel.

"If he had died through an accident or illness that would be hard enough but we would know it wasn't his choice."

Following Jack's tragic death, Liane set up Jack's Army to help raise money for the charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide which supports young people at risk of suicide.

If you would like to donate you can do so here or keep up to date with Jack's Army by visiting their Facebook page here.

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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