THE heartbroken partner of a Johnstone man who died after being hit by a train has urged others to seek help if they are struggling to cope with life.

Amanda Moore, 23, has been left devastated by the death of 20-year-old Christopher Fairley, who walked onto the tracks near Milliken Park station.

And her message to others who are feeling low is: “Don’t suffer in silence.”

She insists there was no obvious sign that Christopher was feeling troubled.

And, amidst her own grief, Amanda has bravely spoken out to plead with others who find themselves in a similar situation to make sure they don’t suffer in silence.

She told the Gazette: “Mental health issues affect many people at some point in their life.

“Christopher’s death has been very difficult for everyone. His family are distraught.

“I was very surprised because it wasn’t very clear with him that he was struggling. Perhaps if he had got the help he needed or if he had reached out more, it could’ve been different.

“If you have got something troubling you, please do talk to someone. Don’t bottle it up.”

Christopher, a former pupil at St Benedict’s High, in Linwood, worked as a lifeguard at sports centres in Renfrewshire.

His tragic death, which took place on April 26, has left loved ones struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Amanda said: “Christopher was doing really well for himself and seemed happy but I think that, deep down, he was bottling something up that might not have seemed like much but it was eating away at him.

“I think men do try to protect their pride more than anything sometimes but he seemed different and spoke about things.

“Sometimes you don’t know what is going on in someone else’s head.

“I want to urge people to talk about mental health to someone. It doesn’t have to be a family member, maybe even just your doctor.”

Plans are in motion for his funeral and a memorial service, for which Miss Moore has organised to have everyone leave a message on Mr Fairley’s Celtic and Liverpool shirts, the teams he supported either side of the border.

More than £3,000 has been raised for the service on a JustGiving page where Christopher was described as a ‘loving, carefree young man’.

Miss Moore added: “He loved sport and playing football so I thought it would be a nice thing to have everyone leave a message.

“I want to urge people to talk about mental health to someone. It doesn’t have to be a family member, maybe even just your doctor.”

Mr Fairley played for Glentyan Thistle and the club has confirmed it will hold a fundraiser in his honour.

The Kilbarchan side will collect cash during a charity match for mental health causes at its Viewfield Pavillion base on Sunday, May 21.

If you are experiencing low mood, call the Samaritans on 0845 790 9090.