A Loughborough student has died by suicide during lockdown

He was described as an ‘intelligent and loving man’

A 22-year-old student at Loughborough University has died by suicide during lockdown.

Ben Brown, a final year student, was living with his two housemates at Loughborough during lockdown. His mother, Helen Hartery-Brown said: “Ben was an intelligent and loving man who left a lasting impression with many people.”

His mother has encouraged people to reach out if they are struggling, after revealing Ben was struggling with the impact of lockdown.

She said: “The lockdown had a massive impact on him. Ben had not spoken to anyone about how he was feeling. He found it all too overwhelming.

“I want people to hear my message when I say that there is nothing so insurmountable that you cannot get help. Please reach out and get the help and support that you need. I really do not want another family to go through this.”

Ben was studying architectural engineering and was planning on joining the army in September. His mum said he enjoyed travelling, helping people, going to festivals and was an “intelligent and loving man”.

She said: “My son lived life to the full. He took himself off travelling to Thailand and Vietnam and even went to Madagascar where he volunteered with building projects there. He was always travelling around the country to music gigs too. I am so proud of him and all that he achieved.”

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