Samuels Rainbow: The Story Which Has Inspired A Campaign For Mental Health Reform


By Alexis Wilson-Barratt


On May 5th 2016, after a silent and lonely battle with Depression, 20-year old Samuel Carroll made the courageous decision to ask for help at Airedale Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. After a brief assessment, medical professionals concluded that he was a ‘Low Risk’ case and did not require immediate treatment or intervention.  Subsequently, Samuel headed back to Skipton and ended his life just yards away from his family home.

Since the passing of their beloved Sam, the Carroll family have been campaigning on social media to raise awareness for young men with mental health issues. They have two goals: to remove the stigma which society attaches to young men with Depression and, to encourage the government and NHS to provide more support for those who feel they have no way out.

In 2014, the suicide rate for men in the United Kingdom was 16.8 per 100,000.* Approximately 17 men out of every 100,000 chose to end their own lives because they felt it was the only available option.  Seventeen Sons, Brothers, Husbands or Fathers who probably didn’t speak out because society still thinks that Depression isn’t ‘macho’ and ‘men don’t cry’.


In 2014, I began treatment for Postnatal Depression after an Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale assessment by my Health Visitor. Postnatal Depression is now a widely publicised condition and sufferers can openly discuss the condition without fear of judgement.  As a society, we have come so very far in accepting that human beings come in all shapes, sizes, genders, sexualities and with a huge array of disabilities and health conditions. With this in mind, I find it astonishing that young men like Samuel still find it difficult to speak out and ask for help.

Samuel’s sister, Hayley Carroll, is appealing to local businesses for prize donations for a raffle. The aim of the raffle is to raise funds for Skipton’s Horton Community Cafe. Currently funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Transition Fund, the community cafe hub provides vital support for vulnerable adults in the Craven Area. Their monthly programme of daytime activities aims to reduce social isolation, improve mental health and promote long-term independence.

Sam Carroll

To make a donation and support the Carroll family in their fundraising, please contact Hayley via the ‘Samuel’s Rainbow’ Facebook page or email


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