The brother of a young dad who died last year insists tackling mental health is the “most important” issue in society today.
Dozens of heartbroken pals paid tribute to “irreplaceable” Mark Scobie, 26, who was found dead at his flat in Rutherglen last May. The popular shop manager lived with his girlfriend Eilidh, 23, and their toddler daughter, Heather.
Police officer Ben Scobie, 25, is holding a charity football match with family members and pals in support of the Scottish Association for Mental Health – which smashed its £400 target in less than six hours.
Ben, from Mount Vernon, told Glasgow Live: “Mark was an amazing man and more than anything he was a dedicated father to his daughter. We were very close growing up because of how similar in age we were and he was the man who influenced a lot of who I am today and what I enjoy.
“He had a great personality and was always trying to make people laugh with his witty remarks and banter. I want to raise awareness, as mental health issues are more prevalent today than ever before. More people are suffering silently when there are people there to help them – and the option is certainly not suicide.
“When 84 men a week are committing suicide across the UK and a quarter of us will develop a mental health issue each year, there is a major problem with how we deal with mental health. I believe it is the most important issue within society today.”
Former Bannerman High student Mark was hailed on social media as “the most beautiful, kind-hearted person” in a series of emotional tributes last spring as friends and family came to terms with his death.
Former bandmate Tam Moran described Mark as “one of the most kind-hearted and selfless people” he knew, adding: “He always made sure you were having a good time and that you had the biggest smile on your face.”
Adam Samara said of his “irreplaceable” close pal: “You were an anchor for me when I truly was as lost as I’ve ever been. I only wish I could have been there to save you, the way you saved me a thousand times.
“I’ll remember you as the brother I had, held and have lost. I’ll never get the chance to thank you for everything you did for me.”
The 11-a-side football match will be held at Stepford Sports Complex near Easterhouse on Tuesday, May 8 at 8pm.