Tributes have poured in for a young mum-of-two who took her own life, with ECHO readers extending their condolences to her loved ones.

Devoted mum Jade Roberts, 26, was a mum to two young sons, who are aged just one and two years old.

Jade's family told the ECHO they want to raise awareness of the importance of speaking out and seeking help for mental health issues.

A few hours before her death, Jade's cousin Karl Thomas said she sent him a video of herself playing with her children in the garden.

The news of Jade's death prompted a flood of tributes from ECHO readers, with many people paying their respects to the popular Liverpool mum.

Ann Flaherty said: "So sad may you rest in peace - your babies will have lots of beautiful memories."

Steph Brooks said: "What a beautiful girl and amazing mum."

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Lynne Appleton: "Beautiful looking girl, so very sad, thoughts are with her family."

Karen Wrigley O'Connell said: "Thinking of her family and her two little children so sad RIP."

Other ECHO readers acknowledged the struggles associated with mental health issues and the need for greater awareness.

Patricia Paddock said: "RIP Jade, you were far too young to die. More help and support is needed for struggling young people. Mental illness is becoming a virus that needs to be brought under control. "

Russell Penfold said: "Living with an anxiety disorder on a daily basis is extremely hard work. It can be brutal. Definitely needs to be highlighted and spoken about more. RIP to this young lady."

Eddie Kelly said: "So sad. You get good at masking anxiety and depression as not to let people know, terrible illness. "

Lewis Sinclair said: "A smile can hide a thousand tears."

A Go Fund Me page set up by Jade's friend Madina Wady to raise money for her two sons has raised over £7,000 so far.

Karl said the family have been "blown away" by the support they have received since Jade's death.

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A message on the fundraising page reads: "As we all know mental health is becoming more and more common in every day life, it is nothing to be ashamed of it is affecting most of us daily.

"This page is to raise money for a beautiful soul who battled so hard through her own pain and mental health until she couldn’t take anymore.

"Her beautiful boys are two little pieces of Jade that everyone will cherish and treasure but they sadly don’t have their beautiful mommy anymore.

"Whatever funds are raised for the boys can be put away for them or go towards little treats and days out just to put a smile on their little faces.

"And to anyone suffering please don’t suffer in silence - don’t let Jade's passing be in vain."

To visit and donate to the Go Fund Me page click here.

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Paying tribute to Jade, her cousin Karl said: "She was an unbelievable mum. Every minute of the day was dedicated to her children.

"They are very happy and loving children and it speaks volumes of the person she was because kids are a blank canvas at the end of the day."

He added: "She genuinely had the biggest heart of gold. She would do anything for anybody.

"She was always more worried about other people and tried to sort out other people's problems.

"Maybe that came from knowing how they felt and she didn't want people feeling that way."

Jade's family has bravely chosen to share Jade's story in order to raise awareness of mental health and encourage others not to suffer in silence.

Karl told the ECHO: "She had all the people around her in the world but it just shows you, you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.

"It's so important that people do talk about how they are feeling instead of bottling things up.

"There need to be more platforms for people to do this I think, now more than ever.

"People have always been suffering but I think now it's coming from all angles and you're hearing about it more and more."