A teenager told his parents 'see you on the other side' before throwing himself in front of a train after becoming overwhelmed by a cocaine and gambling habit.

Bradley Whittle, 19, left a 'goodbye' voicemail message to his mother and father then stepped in the path of a Virgin train travelling at 100mph, an inquest heard.

Mr Whittle, from Greater Manchester, died at the scene.

The footballer had fallen into debt with gambling after suffering with a drug addiction.

He referred himself to the charity Addaction and was prescribed antidepressants, but the stress of his gambling debt led him to take an overdose in May last year.

Mr Whittle, who was a keen footballer, wasn't able to kick his drug habit
Mr Whittle, who was a keen footballer, wasn't able to kick his drug habit

His parents questioned whether he should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital but he was discharged from hospital after a 15-minute assessment at A&E. Medics said he should seek help at home.

As Mr Whittle, a business administration assistant, spiralled further into his addictions, it impacted his personal and work life.

Following the breakdown of a relationship in early 2019, he sought mental health support and despite reassuring clinicians he was doing well, he soon begun talking about ending his own life.

Mr Whittles mum, Dianne, told the Bolton hearing: "He was seen by the GP and started on the antidepressant Sertraline to treat his depression. But very sadly the antidepressants didn't really help.

Mr Whittle, pictured as a youngster, couldn't cope when his addiction impacted his personal and work life
Mr Whittle, pictured as a youngster, couldn't cope when his addiction impacted his personal and work life

"On one occasion towards the end of March, he left a suicide note, so the police were alerted, and he was found and taken to hospital in regards to an overdose.

Mr Whittle was also involved in a 'driving incident' and continued to use drugs after a 'work incident' that led to him being suspended.

The avid football player had regularly confided in his support workers' over his substance misuse and personal problems, but never discussed feelings of being suicidal.

Michael Brady, a drugs rehabilitation recovery coordinator, said that on one occasion Mr Whittle told him he planned to go for a night out with a friend in Liverpool and would take a drug his parents wouldn't detect in tests.

Mr Whittle, pictured with Darren Fletcher, confided in his substance misuse support workers'
Mr Whittle, pictured with Darren Fletcher, confided in his substance misuse support workers'

My Brady said: "He explained he didn't trust himself not to use a substance.

"We discussed what would happen if he reported this to the group session and he said they would advice him not to go.

"He did go, he used 7g of ketamine and cocaine. Ketamine wasn't a drug he normally used, he said he started using it as his parents were testing him for cocaine, so they wouldn't be able to tell he was using ketamine."

He added that he never discussed suicide with Mr Whittle, adding "he never once reported he was suicidal to me".

Mr Whittle told his family he was suicidal but they struggled to get medical support
Mr Whittle told his family he was suicidal but they struggled to get medical support

"He talked openly about his drug use and relationships. He never once mentioned his mental health."

Coroner Rachel Syed concluded Mr Whittle had died as a result of suicide, noting he'd had a normal happy childhood, and had excelled at school and football.

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However, Ms Syed found gaps in the care Mr Whittle received. On one occasion, he was given a 15 minute assessment which she said wasn't carried out appropriately.

She added: "There are significant gaps in what should have been reported."

The Mirror has contact the NHS for comment.

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