A coroner has warned of the dangers of hiding mental health struggles after a teenager killed himself while his parents were on holiday.

Kieran Froude was found dead at home on the same day he was due to meet his ex-girlfriend, following the break up of their four-year relationship.

The 19-year-old's devastated parents, Tony and Allen, were in France at the time and had 'absolutely no idea' about their son's anguish because he 'hid his emotions so well'.

At his inquest coroner Samantha Marsh warned of the need to 'break the stigma' of mental health, particularly in men.

She said: "With what's been happening in the national media it's important to recognise that everybody should be able to reach out and admit they are struggling.

"As a society we need to break the stigma of mental health for men."

Kieran was found dead at home

Mr Froude, from Lee-on-the-Solent, near Gosport, Hampshire, was due to meet with his ex-girlfriend Taylor Dudley - who he remained friends with after their split - in the afternoon of September 7 last year.

He sent a flurry of texts and tried to call Miss Dudley but he didn't answer when she tried to get back in touch, the court heard.

She rushed to call police, but Mr Froude was pronounced dead at 4.11pm.

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide at Portsmouth Coroner's Court, Hants.

His mother Ellen, 45, told the hearing: "He hid his emotions so well, we had absolutely no idea.

"People need to know that this isn't the solution to their problems, even if it feels like it at the time."

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Miss Dudley, 19, said her ex-partner was a kind and caring man.

She said: "He was such a good person; he was always there for his friends and for me.

"We did everything together and he made me so happy.

"I'm so glad I got those four years of being loved and getting to love him."

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