Freedomroo – Caroline Flack’s mother tearfully presents mental health award

Heartbreaking: Caroline Flack's mother Christine took to the stage at The Sun's Who Cares Wins awards on Sunday night to tearfully present a mental health honour in her late daughter's name

‘Some mornings it’s hard to get up and carry on…’ Caroline Flack’s mother tearfully presents mental health award in her late daughter’s name at Who Cares Wins awards










Caroline Flack’s mother Christine took to the stage at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards on Sunday night to tearfully present a mental health honour in her late daughter’s name.

Love Island presenter Caroline died from suicide in February 2020, aged 40, after a ‘frightening’ mental health battle.

Christine, 71, admitted to the audience that ‘some mornings it’s hard to get up and carry on’, as she continues to cope with the loss.

Heartbreaking: Caroline Flack’s mother Christine took to the stage at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards on Sunday night to tearfully present a mental health honour in her late daughter’s name

She said: ‘It’s hard every day. Someone said to me, ‘Oh, do you sometimes think of things that bring her to mind?’ And I said to them, ‘They’re not out of your mind, not ever. You feel funny if it slips your mind for a second. They’re there constantly’.

‘She was a strong personality. She worked hard, and she did the job she wanted to do. She loved every single minute of it.

‘In front of the camera, I think she came alive. But at home, she always had doubts.

‘She’d only need one bad comment and it would hurt and then she would say, ‘Oh, I won’t take any notice.’ But she did, and you know she did.

Devastating: Christine, 71, admitted to the audience that 'some mornings it's hard to get up and carry on', as she continues to cope with the loss

Devastating: Christine, 71, admitted to the audience that ‘some mornings it’s hard to get up and carry on’, as she continues to cope with the loss

Tragic loss: Love Island presenter Caroline died from suicide in February 2020, aged 40, after a 'frightening' mental health battle

Tragic loss: Love Island presenter Caroline died from suicide in February 2020, aged 40, after a ‘frightening’ mental health battle

‘When she was in a good frame of mind, she would talk about it. But when she was in a bad frame of mind, you couldn’t talk to her. So that was a frightening thing.’

‘Carrie is one of thousands of people who have taken their own life. What we can do, hopefully, is put the message over that there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

‘We must keep talking about it. Keep it to the forefront of people’s thoughts. I’m pleased that I can give this award in Carrie’s name. I think she’d have been delighted.’

The award went to Charmaine George who set up the country’s first ‘grief cafe’ following her son Ewan’s death last year, aged 18.

Christine said: 'When she was in a good frame of mind, she would talk about it. But when she was in a bad frame of mind, you couldn't talk to her. So that was a frightening thing' [pictured on Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death for Channel 4]

Christine said: ‘When she was in a good frame of mind, she would talk about it. But when she was in a bad frame of mind, you couldn’t talk to her. So that was a frightening thing’ [pictured on Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death for Channel 4]

Christine – who co-presented the Caroline Flack Mental Health Hero Award with Frankie Bridge – said: ‘I couldn’t have thought of anyone better than Charmaine. She really deserves it. What she did is so important. If you can talk to someone that understands it’s so different.’

Christine revealed plans to set up her own version of the grief cafe.

Frankie – an ambassador for mental health following her own struggles – said: ‘Reaching out is so important. Even more so in the last 18 months when people have been so isolated.’

If you have been affected by this story, call The Samaritans any time at 116 123. Or text SHOUT to 85258. 

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