The friend of a popular university student who ended his own life has spoken of the heart-break on campus following his death.
Wales Online reported “A musical tribute has been paid to Aberystwyth student Stefan Osgood following his death in March 2016.
A talented snowboarder and fencing student known for “always smiling”, Stefan was found dead in his student accommodation after leaving a note under his door calling for the university porter.
Speaking in a BBC documentary, his mother Heidi Moulton said the third-year maths student had had worries about passing his final exams and had spent all of his rent money.
She said: “There were two sides to Stefan: the happy go lucky side, and the very intense side of him where he was very serious about things and quiet and very introspective.
“I think he was worried he wasn’t going to pass his degree or that he wasn’t going to pass his finals and they were impending. He’d also spent all his rent.”
She added: “I think uncertainty bothered Stefan massively. I think he was also tired of his depressions and tired of carrying them and hiding them and not showing them to anyone.
“I think a mixture of uncertainty, fear of failure, and he just didn’t want to be a burden.”
Following his death a campaign has been launched by Aberystwyth University to tackle stigma around mental health.
The campaign – named Stefan’s Socks in memory of the pink socks Stefan wore for fencing and snowboarding – had raised more than £10,000 for mental health charity Mind.
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Geography graduate Jim, 24, said: “Stefan was quite a big name on campus. Everyone knew him as this happy guy.
“He went out a lot and people didn’t realise how he was really feeling.”
“He had a big personality and was always smiling and always laughing whenever I saw him. You wouldn’t know.”
In the days following Stefan’s death Jim described a “sombre” atmosphere on the West Wales campus.
He said: “I was in my house and didn’t see a lot of people but it was very sombre as everyone knew him so well.
“Everybody had met him a some point, especially as Aberystwyth is like a bubble. Even if something small happens everyone knows so it was just a very sad atmosphere.”
Following Stefan’s death Jim first wrote his song ‘Pink Socks’ as a way of processing the news.
Launched on Sunday, the release of the song coincides with Time to Talk Day 2018.
Jim said: “I didn’t really know Stefan as well as other people did in Aberystwyth and only knew him for a few months or so but when I heard the news it hit me hard.
“I’m pretty bad at speaking about things so it was a way of getting my thoughts across without having to speak.
“It just seemed the write thing to do. It took about half an hour to write it about one week or two weeks after it but I didn’t play it for another six months.”
He added: “Stefan was such a happy guy and must have hidden something a lot deeper so I was trying to see how he was feeling but it’s impossible to do.”
In his song Jim’s lyrics read: “On his own with no-one to call, far from home far from them all.
“He’s lonely in a place that he calls home with no-one to guide him back to the road.”