Family remembers Hebburn man who took his own life with walk to help save others

A Hebburn family completed a memory walk to raise awareness of suicide after son took his own life.

The family of Tyler Robertson walked laps of Lukes Lane, Hebburn to mark Tyler’s life and raise money for a new suicide support group.

Tyler took his own life back in July 2020 aged 22 and his parents Nicola and Lee are keen to support others living with depression and help families who have lost loved ones to suicide.

A total of 52 walkers took part in the event with 217 laps recorded. Each lap was roughly 1.3 mile. As well as those taking part, the event also received a lot of support from the public.

Tyler's walk participants

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The family have struggled to cope with Tyler’s passing and believe there is not enough support in the area to prevent suicide which is why they are launching a new support group next month.

On the day the walk managed to raise £1,448, with sponsorship money still to come which will go towards funding the new group.

Mum, Nicola said: “The day went so well we have decided to do it every year. I can’t believe how generous people have been and the amount of messages I have received just goes to show there is a need out there for this type of group.”

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Supporting Tyler with custom t-shirts

Suicide Affects Family/Friends Everywhere (SAFFE) group is due to hold its first official meeting at St Oswald’s Church Hall, in St Oswalds Road, Hebburn, from 6.30 – 8pm on Monday, September 5.

Visit www.mind.org.uk for further information on mental health issues and how to find support.

Tyler Robertson