The 26-year-old, who was also a semi-professional footballer, was found dead in north London.
The death of the former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis is not being treated as suspicious.
Police and the London ambulance service were called to a park close to Latymer Way, in Edmonton, north London, on Saturday. The police said a man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 26-year-old reality television star and semi-professional footballer had found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV competitive dating show Love Island. He earned the nickname “Muggy Mike” after partnering with Olivia Attwood, the girlfriend of fellow islander Chris Hughes.
A statement from the Metropolitan police said: “Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9, at 9.28am on Saturday, 16 March. Officers and the London ambulance service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.
“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious. Police are in the process of informing the man’s next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Thalassitis, who was of Cypriot descent, was born in Edmonton and played for clubs including Stevenage, St Albans, Chelmsford and Margate.
Tributes were left on Sunday outside the cafe that he planned to open. Bunches of flowers and a card were placed at the door to the business, the Skillett, in Loughton, Essex. The interior of the unit, on a small row of shops, appeared to be midway through a refurbishment.
His Love Island co-star Montana Brown had earlier written on Instagram: “I will help open your cafe with Scott because you worked so hard on it so don’t you worry!”
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Dundee has the worst suicide rate in mainland Scotland for the second year in a row.
Official figures published revealed 32 people killed themselves in the city last year, while there was a big rise in Fife.
A campaigner whose son took his own life said the suffering will only ease with major improvements to NHS Tayside’s under-fire mental health services.
Last year’s suicide toll is a slight improvement on 2016, when 37 people committed suicide in Dundee.
In Fife, the number surged by 20% in a year to 52 deaths, although that is down on the 68 in 2011.
There were 21 suicide fatalities recorded in Perth & Kinross in 2017, the third year in a row the figure has risen.
Dundee mum Mandy McLaren lost her son Dale Thomson in 2011 when he was just 28. He did just four days after Carseview professionals said he did not need to be detained.
The then Health Secretary Shona Robison announced in February that an independent review will be held into the Tayside facility.
Responding to the latest suicide figures, Ms McLaren said: “If it’s true what they said that the review is going to be totally independent and they listen to what families like mine are saying then it can make a big difference.
“The doctors at Carseview just do not listen and until that changes, until they start listening to the families, the GPs and patients then nothing is going to change and we will still see people dying.”
She said high number of suicides could be because “Dundee’s not got much going for it for work, especially for young people”.
James Jopling, from the Samaritans in Scotland, said: “Whilst we need to be cautious about a one-year increase in deaths and look at the longer term trend, the rise in deaths in Fife should be seen as a warning sign.”
Anas Sarwar, the Labour MSP, said: “More must be done to promote suicide prevention and that begins by ensuring we have mental health services that are fit for use.
“This is why Labour fought for an independent review into poor mental health services in NHS Tayside after the tragic case of David Ramsay, who took his own life after being rejected twice for treatment by the health board, came to light.”
Mr Ramsay was found dead at Templeton Woods in Dundee in October 2016 following a mental breakdown.
There were 680 deaths recorded as probable suicides across Scotland in 2017, down 7% from 2016.
Orkney had the highest suicide rate (0.23 deaths per 1,000 residents), compared with Dundee (0.22), Fife (0.14), Perth & Kinross (0.14), Angus (0.08) and Scotland (0.01).
A Scottish Government spokesman said they will soon publish a suicide prevention action plan.
“Any suicide is a tragedy and our sympathies go out to anyone who has lost a loved one this way,” the spokesman added.
“Suicide is a complex phenomenon with a wide range of factors.
“However, the very strong downward trend of 20% in Scotland’s suicide rate over the period 2002/2006 to 2013/2017 is encouraging and is testament to the hard work of all those in the suicide prevention field.”
A heartbroken dad says the misery of modern life played a massive part in his son’s death.
Derek Boal believes a perfect storm of social pressures led to 16-year-old Murray’s suicide last month.
And the 43-year-old service engineer thinks many more young people are suffering in silence.
He said: “I totally back the campaign the Wishaw Press is doing with regards to mental health.
“But my son never suffered from mental health. He never had a history of that.
“I actually went and spoke to a counsellor for the first time to discuss that. She said 75 per cent of people who commit suicide don’t actually suffer from mental health.
“It’s just a dark moment in their life. It can happen to anyone. In one dark moment anyone can snap.
“I think in his daft teenage mind, he’s wanted to try and win his girlfriend back, and thinking if he tried something like this it would prove to her how much he loved her.
“I don’t think he’s meant to do it. I was on the phone to him every night. Even at 16 years old he still text every night to say love you dad’.
“The last text he sent was to his mate saying ‘I love you bro’. He’s obviously been in a bad place at that point.
“Why couldn’t he have just phoned me that night when he was feeling the way he was feeling?”
Former Coltness High pupil Murray took his own life in woodlands behind Coltness on Monday, May 14 – just three days before his 17th birthday.
Derek is now seeing a counsellor as he tries to come to terms with the devastating loss.
He wishes his son had seen how well-loved he was before he took his own life.
He said: “The funeral was on May 25. The Friday night I found out he was dead was the worst of my life – I’d never wish that on anyone.
“It’s a pity it took for this to happen for Murray to see how many people were there for him.
“There was nearly 600 people at the funeral. The church was full and they were still trying to squeeze more in.
“It’s unfortunate it’s took something like this. If he’d been looking down and seen it he’d have thought ‘Jesus, what have I done. I meant that much to so many people’.”
Derek is sure that social media and a lack of opportunities is hitting youngsters hard these days.
“It’s shocking,” heartbroken Derek explained. “The kids have got nothing these days.”
“I grew up in Coltness. The house Murray was living in with his Gran was my childhood house.
“When I was a kid you had the family choice shop, next to the chapel across from the garage, which was a youth project years ago.
“You had table tennis, darts, pool. It was just a good place for people to go. Behind it you had the old community centre. There were youth clubs in there that ran activities and days away and stuff like that.“There’s nothing like that anymore.
“Kenny Davidson, my friend, is trying to set up a boxing club there to get kids off the street, but the council keep putting hurdles and barriers up.“Because they (kids) have not been brought up in that environment with those things being there they aren’t used to it.
“If they were brought up going to clubs all the time they’d maybe continue doing it.”
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Relatives of a man who killed himself after being refused admission to a mental health centre have joined calls for the health secretary to quit.
David Ramsay hanged himself at the age of 50 in 2016 after twice being turned away from the Carseview unit in Dundee.
His family has been campaigning for a public inquiry into mental health services at NHS Tayside.
Their case was raised by Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard at First Minister’s Questions.
Nicola Sturgeon strongly denied claims from Mr Leonard that her government had been “silent” over the issue.
Her official later told journalists that the first minister continued to have full confidence in Health Secretary Shona Robison.
Opposition parties have been calling for Ms Robison to be replaced after accusing her of presiding over a series of failings, including a financial crisis at NHS Tayside.
Who was David Ramsay?
Mr Ramsay made three separate attempts at suicide in the space of a week in the autumn of 2016.
His family convinced him to seek urgent help from his GP, who referred him to Carseview because he “required admission”.
Mr Ramsay had two emergency assessments, but was turned away from the centre on both occasions.
His niece, Gillian Murray, told BBC Scotland there had been a catalogue of failures over the handling of her uncle’s case in the days before he killed himself.
She said Mr Ramsay’s death had been preventable as he had told staff “in no uncertain terms” and on separate occasions that he did not want to live and needed help.
Ms Murray added: “It could happen to anyone – it could be me or you who needs that little bit of help, and he was turned away.
“The hospital took no ownership, they took no accountability. They passed the buck to the family – I was having to Google how to look after a suicidal individual, how to look after somebody with psychosis. That shouldn’t have been left to us.”
Ms Murray called for a “change of attitudes” and more funding for mental health, and said a public inquiry was needed for the “many, many lives that have been swept under the carpet”.
And she said Ms Robison – a Dundee MSP – “needs to resign”, adding: “I think that’s the right thing to do, the honourable thing to do.
“She knows about the mental health crisis, she’s ignored other families previously. She knew about the corporate governance scandal [at NHS Tayside]. She can’t bury her head in the sand.
“These are people’s lives that are being taken, and you need to do the decent thing and step down.”
Earlier, Mr Leonard told Holyrood that Scotland’s suicide rate was more than twice as high as the rate for Britain as a whole, while in Dundee it had increased by 61% in a year.
He asked the first minister: “Why has your government remained silent on this crisis and silent on this demand for a public inquiry?”
He told Ms Sturgeon that Mr Ramsay’s relatives were “yet another family failed by your government”.
Mr Leonard added: “So, first minister, how many more families must be failed? How many families need to suffer before you finally recognise that now is the time for change?”
What has Ms Sturgeon said?
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that her “deep condolences” went out to Mr Ramsay’s family and that the government had been in contact with them.
But she said that while one suicide was one too many, a five-year rolling average showed suicides were on a downward trend in Scotland.
On Carseview, she said: “I don’t think it is right or fair to say that the government has remained silent.”
Ms Sturgeon said Health Secretary Shona Robison had visited the unit and the Mental Welfare Commission had carried out an unannounced inspection in March and made a number of recommendations.
She said: “We expect NHS Tayside to fully respond to those recommendations within three months and they have also, as I understand it, been shared with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
“We will pay very close attention to NHS Tayside’s response and if there is further action that we consider is required, then that action will be taken.”
The first minister said it was “simply not the case” that no action was being taken, adding that the government’s forthcoming suicide prevention strategy would ensure that the best facilities were in place for those who need help.
On the individual case, she said it would be up to the law officers to order a fatal accident inquiry.
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A leading charity dealing with suicide prevention has said the Scottish government is not treating the issue as a top priority.
The Samaritans commissioned a poll which indicated 61% of people in Scotland have been affected by suicide.
Almost 40% of those taking part said they would not know who to turn to if they were supporting someone in crisis.
The Scottish government is drawing up a new prevention plan and said it was spending over £1bn on mental health.
In 2016, there were 728 probable suicides in Scotland. This was an 8% rise on the previous year.
Most of those who die are men, 71% in 2016.
The Samaritans poll, which included more than 1,000 people in Scotland, found:
61% of people in Scotland have some experience of suicide
89% would support suicide prevention training for professionals
Almost 40% would not know where to turn if they were supporting someone in crisis
29% have either supported a close friend or family member through feelings of suicide, or lost a close friend or family member to suicide
Samaritans executive director for Scotland James Jopling said: “This shows this issue may not be taken as seriously as it should be; that it’s not an issue we are seeing embedded in the Justice Department, in education and how we support young people.
“In other functions of government we are not seeing the reflection of this issue. Our feeling is, it’s not being seen on the levels it should be.
“We have a dedicated mental health minister, she should and can be the person to champion our efforts on this and that’s what we want to see.”
The Scottish government is drawing up a plan for suicide prevention, with the consultation on it closing earlier this week.
Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt said: “We are investing more and more money in mental health every year.
“The past year (2017/18) we saw for the first time £1bn invested in mental health and now we’ve got an extra £150m on top of that for this next year.
“Mental health and suicide prevention is a very important part of the Scottish government’s actions going forward.”
‘Kindness and compassion’
Four years ago, 28-year-old Nicola Saunders tried to take her own life.
She had been struggling with mental health problems since she was 10 years old.
“Physically, I felt as if there was a ball inside of my stomach, that it would squeeze quite a lot and when it squeezed I couldn’t bear it, I just wanted to curl up into a ball and scream and cry.”
With nobody close who could help her and she says she felt totally alone.
“I was in the psychiatric unit for three weeks. I didn’t have any support, I didn’t really have any familial support.
“I was discharged and I didn’t have any support in place whatsoever. I didn’t have anywhere to live at the time and I was basically told that if I was going to leave I would be homeless.”
Nicola now runs a survivors group, offering help she felt was missing for her at the time. She is calling for a more open discussion around suicide in Scotland.
“Kindness and compassion is what is needed,” she says. “I think we just need to not be afraid to talk about it, openly, then it’s not scary and it’s like, we can solve this.”
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ScotRail has launched a new app for employees to help prevent suicides on the railway.
It has been developed by Network Rail in partnership with Samaritans and will offer guidance on possible warning signs and how best to support someone in need.
It also provides a direct link to the British Transport Police for immediate support and advice.
The app is now available to all 4,500 ScotRail employees on their smartphones and tablets and is in addition to Samaritans’ specialist suicide prevention training that more than 300 ScotRail Alliance colleagues have completed.
The ScotRail Alliance is also supporting the ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign, which aims to give travellers the confidence to act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide on or around the rail network.
People are being reminded that if they concerned about someone they see on the railway or elsewhere, they should trust their instincts.
Suicidal thoughts can often be temporary.
Strike up a conversation with a simple question such as asking about the weather, or where they’re travelling today.
If you think someone may need help, introduce yourself, encourage them to talk and focus on listening.
There’s no evidence that talking to someone who could be at risk can make things worse.
It’s important to act. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the person yourself, tell a member of staff, a police officer or dial 999.
David Lister, ScotRail Alliance sustainability and safety assurance director, said: “The ScotRail Alliance takes its commitment to supporting those with mental health problems very seriously.
“Encountering someone in distress on the railway can be a daunting experience, even for the most experienced of our people.
“That’s why we’ve launched this app for ScotRail employees, to offer quick help and advice to those who come across someone who needs urgent support.
“Thanks to the work done by the rail industry and Samaritans, for every life lost on the railway, six are saved.”
James Jopling, executive director for Samaritans in Scotland, said:
“Suicide is not inevitable and any one of us could have an opportunity to save a life.
“By empowering their staff to act if they see someone at risk, the rail industry continues to make great efforts in reducing and preventing suicide across Scotland.”