A FLINTSHIRE woman whose brother tragically took his own life is urging people to "never suffer in silence".

It was 13 years ago this week that Stevan Roberts, from Buckley, ended his own life - aged just 26.

This week also marks Mental Health Awareness Week, and Stevan's sister Stacy wants to highlight the seriousness of mental health issues.

Firstly paying tribute to her brother, Miss Roberts said: "He was a happy-go-lucky kind of lad - he always had a smile on his face, laughing and joking with people.

"He would do anything for anyone and was loved by so many people - if he knew you he wouldn't pass you without saying hello.

"13 years have passed since the day he left us and our lives changed forever - still we ask ourselves why. We know we will never have the answer, they say time is healer but it isn't.

"You just learn to live with it, there is so much stuff I wish Ste was here to see.

"I wish I could speak to you and have just one more day, I'll never forget your final words you said to me and I'll cherish them forever. 

"This year seems so much harder than every other year that's passed - I love and miss you so much sleep tight big man until we meet again."

Miss Roberts said it is "so important" for people who are struggling reach out to somebody who may be able to help.

She said: "There are many small support groups that can help people with mental health problems - you don't even have to speak to a doctor because of these support groups and it's all done privately and in confidence.

"And as a general message to people - you never know who is suffering, as many suffer in silence. So I'd urge people to be that open ear for someone - it could change their mood for that day, and that be might be enough to save a life.

"Please never suffer in silence."

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call Samaritans on 116 123.