Tragic schoolgirl, 13, takes her own life just weeks before Christmas

A teenage schoolgirl took her own life just weeks before Christmas following a long struggle with mental health problems, her devastated father says.

Faith Hindle, 13, was found dead at her family’s home in Cadishead, Greater Manchester, late Saturday night.

Her heartbroken dad Lee Hindle said she appeared to be in good spirits before her tragic death as she was "laughing and joking all day long".

Lee told the Manchester Evening News that he should be taking Faith out to buy Christmas presents, but instead he is planning her funeral.

He’s urged other parents and anyone suffering from mental health issues to seek help.

Faith was a pupil at Irlam and Cadishead Sports College in Manchester.

Lee said his daughter had a long history of mental health problems.

Her family, including Faith’s mum Charlene and her two brothers, Cameron, 18, and Macauley, 15, have been left "devastated."

Le added: "It hasn’t really sunk in.

"I still can’t believe she’s gone. She was laughing and joking all day long and then the next day she’s gone. No one can believe it’s happened.

"I still expect to see her – to give her a kiss and stuff.

"Christmas is going to be really hard."

"Normally I would be taking her shopping, getting her whatever she wants.

"Nobody expects to be planning a 13-year-old’s funeral."

In the wake of the tragedy, Lee urged other parents, and anyone suffering from mental health issues, to seek help.

"You just need to talk," he said.

"It is hard. The amount of people that were there for [Faith] but she still felt alone."

Tributes to Faith have poured in since the horrific news this weekend.

Flowers, candles and cards have been left at an impromptu shrine at Faith’s favourite park in Cadishead.

A family friend has set up a JustGiving page to help Lee and Charlene with costs as both are self-employed.

It has raised more than £7,000 as of Wednesday morning.

Lee said Faith’s death has been felt throughout the Irlam and Cadishead community.

"The response has been amazing," he said.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said officers were called by the ambulance service to the family’s home at around 11pm on Saturday where they discovered the body of a teenage girl.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a file will be passed to the coroner.

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