The grieving mother of a rising rugby compete who cost his own life has opened up about her heartbreak in an emotional and horrifying public plea to other parents.
Cowboys under 20 in North Queensland Regan Grieve committed suicide in January 2015 after a fight with depression.
He tragically ended his life just hours after celebrating Australia Day with his friends in his birthplace Mackay and was days away from celebrating his 19th birthday.
Regan Grieve (pictured with mom Angela) was a rising star with the Cowboys from North Queensland before he tragically ended his life on Australia Day 2015
Months before he made his Toyota Cup debut under 20 for the Cowboys, was co-captain of the Queensland Maroons under 18 and chose to represent Australian schoolboys during a tour through England / France before being excluded due to injury.
Four years later, time did not cure the heartache for his mother Angela Grieve, who wrote a heartbreaking open letter to other parents in the Catholic weekly.
She wrote the letter hoping that it would be beneficial to another and prevent other parents from the same destruction to lose a child to suicide.
She begged parents for & # 39; really & # 39; to listen to their children and to believe their instincts.
Despite an ankle injury, Regan (photo) was selected for the side of Australian schoolboys in 2014, months before leading his own life
& # 39; The only thing I learned about suicide is that it can happen to anyone & # 39 ;, Grieve wrote.
& # 39; If I can ask you one thing today, it's to give your kids a big hug and let them know how special they are. Let them know that they can come to you to talk anytime and please, if they do, listen. & # 39;
Mrs. Grieve also opened her son's depression after a series of personal setbacks.
They included an ankle injury and surgery that led him outside of the Australian tour of England and France, a close relative who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and missed the traces that Regan needed to study dentistry.
Angela Grieve has opened up about her son Regan's struggle with depression in a candid open letter to other parents, in which she begged to listen to their children
Mrs. Grieve realized that her only son was struggling when he first attempted to end his life on January 3, 2015.
Regan assured her that it was a stupid, exciting moment and that he was fine and seeking help.
He was dead 23 days later.
& # 39; He had everything against everyone who looked inside. He was a leader, handsome, intelligent and had a bright future in every way in the rugby competition. He had a charisma that attracted people to him and therefore had many friends. But what nobody saw was the fight he fought with his head, & Grieve wrote.
Regan (photo) was also co-captain on the part of the Queensland team under 18 in 2014
& # 39; We all think this is something that happens to other people, but you should know that this can affect everyone. Our children are so precious and letting them know they can talk to us about something is really important. & # 39;
Regan was one of the five NRL contract players who ended their lives within months of each other.
The Cowboys were startled by a new tragedy when Fotu & # 39; Francis & # 39; Winterstein took his life less than two months after Regan's death before he would win their first NRL premiership that year.
At that time, Ms. Grieve called on the NRL to tackle the growing number of players' depressions when she remembered her son's last few hours.
Regan Grieve (photo in 2013) had the world at his feet but could not survive his 19th birthday after taking his own life
& # 39; He said to everyone that day: & # 39; I feel wonderful. His comrades still have pictures of him from that day on and he is all laughing at it, & # 39; Grieve told The Sunday Mail in 2015.
& # 39; I think he was happy that morning because he knew the cloud was going over him. & # 39;
Mrs. Grieve & # 39; s heartbreaking letter for Catholic Weekly caught sight of Cronulla Sharks NRL star Josh Dugan who opened this week about his own personal fight against mental health.
& # 39; Heartbreaking to read, but a hair-raising message that everyone should read and see. Mental health does not discriminate #ItsOkNotToBeOk & # 39 ;, he tweeted.
If you or someone in your area needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36.
The North Queensland cowboys player under the age of 20 fought depression and tried to lead his own life on January 3, 2015. He was dead in four weeks
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