LOVE Island’s Montana Brown has revealed the heartbreaking final text message sent by Mike Thalassitis’ before he took his own life.
Mike, 26, was found dead on March 15, 2019 – and an inquest later heard how Mike killed himself after a cocaine and booze binge.
The day after his death, Montana visit his parents' home with a group of his friends and one revealed that Mike had messaged him just hours before his death.
Discussing the harrowing message, Montana said: “He sent his friend a message saying, ‘Mate, I don’t think I’m going to see you any more. I don’t think I’m going to see you ever again.’ And his friend did not understand – and why would you? It’s not your everyday thing that someone messages you something like that.”
Montana was close friends with Mike after appearing together on Love Island and they would often spend hours on the phone.
Just days before he died, she received another phone call from him, which in hindsight, she now believes was him saying goodbye.
Speaking on the podcast Take Flight, she explained: “A few days before he died… he said something like, ‘I’m really really grateful that you introduced me to this book [she'd given him a copy of The Magic], I just really appreciate you and, like, you’ve really helped me kind of get out of this like headspace and I just can’t thank you enough and I love you to bits.’
“On reflection, I do think that was him saying goodbye, because I was on the phone for just under an hour and a lot of it kind of revolved around him being grateful and him saying thank you. In hindsight it definitely was him saying goodbye.”
She continued: “I think that there were so many signs to the lead up of him passing away… huge signs that potentially people did not look into because I don’t think men are that aware of mental health.
“He wanted to feel numb because he just didn’t want to be thinking all of the awful things he was thinking and be left alone with his own mind.”
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:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
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