THE parents of an aspiring video games writer and popular YouTube personality who took his own life have said more support is needed for young men who are depressed.

Adam Standing, 38, was found hanged in a wooded area near his home in Upper Tadmarton, Banbury, on September 30 last year.

The father-of-three and YouTube personality had kept financial issues from his family and may have struggled with depression.

Yesterday at Oxford Coroner’s Court assistant coroner Nicholas Graham recorded a verdict of suicide.

Mother Alison Standing said: “We had a thanksgiving service for his life. We had people coming who hardly knew him.

“I don’t know if he fully realised how many people got enjoyment from his videos, or indeed knowing him.”

At the time of his death Mr Standing was living with his partner of 11 years Carrie Waldron and three sons.

Three years ago he began trying to pursue his dream of becoming a freelance writer.

In a statement read by the coroner, Ms Waldron described him as a ‘quiet person’, adding: “Ever since having children life had become stressful.

“He went through a rough patch and I was finding it difficult to live with him. I remember him saying ‘I feel like walking out the door and not coming back’.”

Mr Standing was also a ‘reactor’ on YouTube with 9,958 followers, posting videos of his reactions to TV programmes such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, and video games.

On the night of Sunday, September 25, Ms Waldron recalled drinking and laughing with Mr Standing over an episode of ‘It’ll Be Alright on the Night’.

But the next morning he had disappeared, leaving a typed will and a note, in which, she said, ‘he talked about how he wanted us to forget him and find happiness’.

After a frantic five-day search in which the Thames Valley Police appeal was shared by YouTube fans across the UK and America, Mr Standing’s body was found hanging from a tree in woods off Shutford Road along with his laptop.

It emerged that he had been secretly dealing with spiralling debts, with 10 different credit cards from seven different companies and £13,000 owed to Barclays alone.

Mrs Standing said: “We were amazed at how much he had managed to borrow. If he had spoken to someone it would have helped.

“He was so good with the family and with the boys, very gentle and very patient. But we had been concerned.

“In today’s society the number of young men who do this is rising.

“It seems to be a reflection of modern society and we need to do something.”