Mom shares tragic story of daughter's suicide to help others


ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just taking a toll on the economy, it’s also weighing on the mental health of Americans across the nation.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, a local mother hopes her daughter’s story helps prevent someone else from losing a loved one.

Emmy Hamlin carries a weight on her heart that no parent should ever have to bear.

Her daughter Alydia took her life last year.

“She gave me a big hug and she said, ‘I love you mama,’ and she went up to her room and she closed her door,” Hamlin said. “And when I came home later I found her and it just completely rocked everything I ever thought I knew.”

This would have been Alydia’s senior year of high school.

“She lived for the stage, she loved to be in front of a crowd playing music,” Hamlin recalled. “She had bright red hair and a bright red personality. She was silly and goofy and her sense of humor was dry and witty.”

At the time of her death, Alydia was being treated for depression, but her mother says she never expected her daughter’s life to end.

Bart Andrews, suicide survivor and chief clinical officer at Behavioral Health Response, explained that’s why the danger can be so hard to see.

“It’s one of those things that happens in the dark corners of the mind, so it’s nearly impossible to see the signs, because part of the disease is hiding the signs,” Andrews said. “This idea that there’s this magic signal and we know who’s at risk of suicide and who isn’t is not true.”

Instead, he said we should focus on the things people say and how they’re doing.

“When people are giving you clear signs that they’re not doing well, that they’re losing hope, that they’re feeling trapped, we need to pay attention. We need to take those things seriously,” he said. 

He also said we need to be comfortable asking about whether a person is considering suicide. 

With so many people struggling amid the pandemic, Andrews said it’s critical to have open and honest conversations.

It’s a fact Hamlin knows all too well, and she too urges parents to tough conversations with their kids.

“Keep the discussions open. Be understanding of their feelings. Realize this is not the school year that they wanted, it’s not the school year any of us wanted,” she said. 

She also continues to share Alydia’s story in hopes of helping others.

“I’ll never know if she got to a point where she wanted to back out but couldn’t,” she said. “There was no sign that this was going to happen or that she would or that she was capable of [taking her life].”

“Someday I will see her on the other side and be able to give her a big hug,” she added. “And reassure her that she was worth it.”

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Queen Beatrice: Expert exposes tragic way Princess Beatrice could inherit the throne

Princess Beatrice, 32, is Queen Elizabeth II‘s granddaughter and the eldest child of Prince Andrew, 60, and Sarah Ferguson, 60. Beatrice is a non-working member of the Royal Family and while she and her sister Eugenie, 30, are regulars at royal events they are not senior members of the Firm.

Nonetheless, an extraordinary set of circumstances could, in theory, lead to Beatrice becoming Queen.

In the current line of succession Prince Charles, 71, is first followed by Prince William, 38, and his three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

Prince Harry has kept his place as sixth in line to the throne despite his decision to quit as a senior royal.

He is expected to move up to fifth in line to the throne when his father Prince Charles becomes king at which time Harry’s son Archie Harrison will move up to sixth in line.

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The line of succession has traditionally been protected by a royal custom that sees heirs to the throne travel separately when going by helicopter or plane.

The custom is meant to ensure the survival of one heir if the other plane or helicopter were to be involved in a fatal accident.

The protocol was put in place at a time when air travel was far more dangerous than it is today and nowadays Prince William has been known to travel together with Kate and their three children.

However, what would happen to the line of succession if the Cambridges were tragically killed in a helicopter or plane crash was a pertinent question recently put to royal expert Camilla Tominey.

The expert added: “As you correctly point out, Prince Harry is the next in line to the throne after Prince Louis, so theoretically he would inherit the Crown from his father Prince Charles.

“The question, following Megxit, is whether he would actually want to?

“Meghan appears to be enjoying her new-found freedom to speak out.

“Plus they have just bought a house in Santa Barbara and intend to bring Archie up there.”

Ms Tominey concluded: “There is, therefore, an even more frightening prospect than the Cambridges all being wiped out in a helicopter or plane crash: Harry relinquishing his place in the line of succession – along with Archie’s – thereby leaving the Duke of York to become the next King!

“If he then passed up the chance, we could be looking at Queen Beatrice I.

“Do you want to write to Kensington Palace warning of the dangers of air travel, or should I?!”

Princess Beatrice has recently returned from her honeymoon with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the couple are understood to have travelled to France following their low-key wedding in July.



Prince Harry heartbreak: Tragic way Harry 'added fuel' to Meghan Markle family rift

Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 35, spent their first Christmas together following the engagement with the rest of the Royal Family at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in 2017. Harry and Meghan returned to London early because Harry had agreed to guest-edit BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on December 27.

Speaking on the Today Programme, Harry’s kind words about how Meghan had coped with her first royal Christmas “added fuel to the extended Markle clan’s anger and feeling of insignificance now that Meghan had entered a totally different realm of society”, new biography Finding Freedom has claimed.

Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, charts the early days of Meghan and Harry’s relationship up to their recent royal exit and is said to have been written with input from those closest to the couple.

In the book, the authors touch on the difficulties Meghan faced when some members of her estranged family including her half-sister Samantha Markle and half-brother Thomas Jr sold stories about her to the press.

The authors write: “Meanwhile, Harry couldn’t believe how badly Meghan’s family were behaving.”

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According to Mr Scobie and Ms Durand, Harry’s frustration at Meghan’s family showed during his stint on the Today Programme, when a well-meaning comment “heightened the already tenuous dynamic.”

During his spot on The Today Programme, Harry shared how he felt Meghan had done during her first Christmas at Sandringham.

The authors write: “In addition to interviewing President Obama and his father, Harry offered his analysis on Meghan’s first royal Christmas, which he called ‘fantastic.’

“‘We’ve got one of the biggest families I know, and every family is complex, he said.

“‘She has done an absolutely amazing job, just getting in there.

“‘And it’s the family, I suppose, that she’s never had.’

“With this statement about the family ‘she’s never had,’ the prince added fuel to the extended Markle clan’s anger and feeling of insignificance now that Meghan had entered a totally different realm of society.

“Harry’s comment on highlighted the already tenuous family dynamic and foreshadowed what was to come.”

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Meghan and her father are understood not to have spoken since her wedding to Harry.

Mr Markle has not met his grandson Archie Harrison.

Mr Markle was married to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland from 1979 to 1987.

Meghan’s half-siblings Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle are from Mr Markle’s first marriage to Roslyn Loveless.



Grand Designs 'Ferris Bueller' property for sale in Cornwall has tragic backstory

One home from the show with an interesting history is for sale now. The property was designed based on the 1980s hit movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The large home, named “Natural Bridges”, sits in Mawgan Porth.

Most shocking of all was the sudden death of one of the builders working on the project, Ken Pearce who died in his sleep.

There is a memorial to Ken on the site.

The property is set in five five-acres of woods and a walk away from the sea.

It’s selling for £1.8 million.

If you don’t have such a large sum of cash to part with for a home, Zoopla data shows the most affordable places to buy a property in the UK.

Shildon is the most affordable place to buy a home with an average property price of just £60,000.

The second most affordable place to buy is in Scotland. It’s Cumnock, East Ayrshire, where the average property costs £74,000.

In Shildon a two bed terraced house costs around £60,000. Cumnock will see you pay £40,00 for a two bed flat.

As coronavirus measures the lift, experts have seen a boost to the property market. 

The total number of homes sold in the UK last month was 63,25 which reflects a 31.7 percent increase on the number of property deals completed in May.

Property expert Louisa Fletcher said: “Taken at face value, these figures show that a housing market recovery was well underway before the Stamp Duty Holiday in England was announced on July 8.

“It’s also worth remembering that Scotland and Wales were still subject to lockdown measures until the latter end of June, meaning that the majority of completed transactions reported for last month were in England alone.

“This would suggest there is likely to be another significant jump in transaction figures reported for July when the data is released in August.”



Queen Letizia heartbreak: Spain’s monarchs step out to mark tragic event

The royal family visited Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena) for the mass on Monday. Letizia as well as Princess Leonor,14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, all wore black to mark the tragic occasion.

Princess Leonor wore a dress by Spanish brand Poète, while Infanta Sofia donned an elegant shirtdress by BOSS.

The young royals styled their hair down straight and completed their outfits with matching black flats.

Letizia matched a pencil skirt with a blouse and some classic stiletto pumps. She also complemented her look by styling her hair down straight.

King Felipe donned a sophisticated navy suit with a black tie as he walked side to side with his wife and daughters.

The royal family took the front row seats of the cathedral as they paid tribute to the victims of the pandemic.

Leonor and Sofia had previously honoured the lives of the thousands of people who lost their lives to Covid-19 in Spain.

In May, the young royals stepped out to observe a moment of silence alongside their parents at the Zarzuela Palace.

Despite their young age, the sisters recorded an emotional message about the pandemic for the children of Spain back in April.

“Like millions of kids, we have been in lockdown for a month due to this pandemic, not being able to go to school and trying to carry on the best we can,” Leonor said.

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Queen Letizia and King Felipe have also been showing their support to Spanish people as the country recovers from the effects of its stringent lockdown.

The monarchs are touring the country attending touristic and cultural engagements in hopes to boost Spanish tourism.

For their latest stop, Letizia and Felipe visited Benidorm and Valencia on Friday.

In Benidorm, they were joined by Ximo Puig, the President of the Valencian Government; Salvador Navarro, the President of the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community; Luis Arturo León, the General Secretary of the Workers’ Commissions of the Valencian Community; and Juan Carlos Faubel, the Deputy Secretary-General of the General Union of Workers of the Valencian County.

In Valencia, King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the 2019 Innovation and Design Awards ceremony.

At the event, King Felipe said: “Today more than ever, we need to undertake—create—on the basis of design and innovation. As we also need to increase the resources dedicated to research, which is the previous step to knowledge-based innovation.

“In this way, we will be able to build the future with much more solid foundations.”

He added: “Spanish design and innovation are excellent letters of introduction of our country—of our creativity and our economy—internationally.

“These elements, the result of innovation and investment in R&D, are more necessary than ever because of their ability to drive our economic growth.

“A sector that is also truly necessary, because if we want to make our economic system also sustainable, we have to generate innovative products, create patents and promote exports. In this challenge, the design and the exploitation phase of the knowledge that innovation implies play an essential role.”



Zara Tindall heartbreak: Mike Tindall shares tragic diagnosis story – 'I regret that'

Mike Tindall began a new fundraising challenge this weekend, for a cause that’s very close to home. Mike shared a photo to his Instagram Stories on Sunday morning which showed him and a small group of friends on a charity bike ride.

Mike captioned the picture: “And we are off #RaidLocal @cureparkinsonstrust.”

The father-of-two, and husband to Zara Tindall is taking part in the ambitious Raid Local cycle ride in aid of the charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust, of which he is Patron.

The challenge, is for a cause that has a very personal meaning behind it, as his own father has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.

Mike’s latest mission had to be adapted from a large group event due to the pandemic.

The charity event will see over 100 cyclists around the world take on a jaw-dropping 3700m ascent that covers 137km.

In the afternoon, Mike posted a video updating his followers on his progress.

He said: “So we’ve just stopped, we are 85 km in, I believe we are somewhere around halfway of climbing.

“So hopefully we’ve now got to decide what we do, we’ve done the loop so we’ve got to decide whether we do the loop again or climb some hills or do something else…

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In a heartbreaking admission, Mike said: “I don’t want to see another son or daughter have to go through what I’ve had to go through with my dad.

“My dad has had Parkinson’s for 20 years and I’ve watched a strong purposeful role model slowly be eaten away by this disease.

“I probably didn’t give it enough respect when he told me he had it… I seriously regret that now.”

Meanwhile, Mike Tindall also opened up about his loving relationship with Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s only daughter and youngest child.

The former England rugby player recently joined Alex Payne and James Haskell for the latest House of Rugby podcast episode.

Mike did not hesitate to admit that Zara is the “boss” in their relationship after his fellow rugby players teased him for missing last week’s episode to dress up at home for Royal Ascot.

Alex said: “It is nice of you to make it this week Tins, because last week you ducked out at the final hour because…”

Mike replied: “I was doing some stuff that I had forgotten about around Ascot.

“Obviously you might have seen we popped up on the TV, we got dressed up in top hats and basically we had a good day at home and possibly we might have had a drink or two so it wouldn’t have been wise for me to be on the air.”

James added: “Sorry just a question. You said in the start of this ‘I had a few drinks, I didn’t think it was a good idea to go on air’. That’s a lie. You just got more money doing Ascot than doing the podcast.”

Mike said: “No, I am true professional Hask. It was all Zoom calls and stuff like that that I wasn’t going to get out of.

“If I would have got out of it, my wife would have been very upset with me, so basically the boss reeled me in.”