Kevin Rowley, 47, who worked as an extra on the likes of Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, was found suffocated in bed at his home in Manchester last August and his brother Paul Rowley has now spoken out about the actor’s mental health in a statement at Manchester Coroner’s Court.
He was more open with my wife about how he felt. Sometimes he was away from home doing things with other friends. “I am not aware of physical problems. He kept himself fit and healthy but he had a lifelong problem with depression. We would keep in touch by texting and phone calls.
A suicide note was left with contact details of his family.
Kevin Rowley had been renowned by friends as a man ‘with a smile on his face’ but he hid a secret battle with anxiety in which he found it difficult to deal with his 30th and 40th birthdays.
According to his brother, Paul statement, Kevin started to have anxiety and depression from his mid teens. He was very close to his mother and felt the force of her loss when she died. He really struggled with significant milestones including his 30th and 40th birthday. He made many calls for help and these got more frequent as he got older.
My last contact with him was in January 2017. He lived in Dublin for a short time and stayed with friends. He lived in ski resorts and Austria and other places when he was working as a holiday rep. He had some relationship problems and financial worries.”
“He was spoken to about the crisis point and he said he would not access it and he did not get involved with the crisis team. Some days he felt he needed it, some days he felt he recovered.” he said”.
An officer at a mental health access team, Fiona Winstanley, also spoke out about Kevin’s mental health issues, explaining that he didn’t want to get too involved with seeking treatment because of concerns he would encounter people he had worked with.
The official said, “Kevin made appointments with our team and regularly accessed our services,” she said. “But as he was a counsellor he didn’t want to fully get involved with our services.
He didn’t want to run into people he worked with previously. He had suicidal tendencies but he kept things to himself.
“He was prescribed medication to reduce anxiety, including diazepam as his had helped him in the past,” she said.
“He was spoken to about the crisis point and he said he would not access it and he did not get involved with the crisis team. Some days he felt he needed it, some days he felt he recovered.”
Kevin’s friend Max Hussain said thanks to contributors for their liberality, saying: “It’s stunning to see such a large number of poeple, some who knew Kevin and some who didn’t meet up to help us at this troublesome time. We are profoundly moved.”
After Kevin’s death, £1,600 was raised for his funeral and the Sanctuary consoling service in Manchester where he worked.