After Brisbane performer Jamie Wood died by suicide this week, his family and friends have called on the community to take action to support mental health.
Wood died at his Bowen Hills home following a long period of mental ill health and losing work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of his funeral, friend Rose James has asked loved ones to help create a video tribute, particularly if they are unable to attend in person.
“He was the most incredible performer [and] dancer who would light up a room and make people so happy with his effervescent personality,” James wrote on Facebook.
James plans to record a cover of ‘Happiness’ by Alexis Jordan featuring clips of Wood’s loved ones dancing in celebration of his life.
Wood’s family said that he had seemed happy and resilient before his death.
“He would keep getting back up on his feet,” sister Samantha told The Courier-Mail.
“The exact same night that he ended his life, he called my mum and was so excited about his new life and moving into his new apartment.
“He had the whole place made up how he wanted it… He was just so excited to go on a new journey with his [new] barbering [career].
“That’s why it has come as such a shock.”
Wood’s family have implored others in the community to reach out if they are struggling.
“I would beg people to keep calling any resource you can that will speak with you,” Samantha said.
“Call a friend. If they don’t pick up, call another friend.
“Because it has had the most humongous impact, and I can’t imagine my life without my brother.”
Loved ones and community members have taken to social media to honour Woods, calling him a “beautiful friend” who will be “greatly missed”.
A fundraiser has already raised almost $20,000 to assist Wood’s family with funeral and related expenses.
If you or someone you know needs support, please refer to our list of community services and resources.