THE family of a man who took his own life has paid tributes to the "big family man" who "always put other people first".

After suffering with his mental health for a number of years, Darren McHugh, from Westleigh, was found dead on Sunday, June 12.

Following a bout of psychosis, Darren was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2020 but was said to have been making improvements following this.

However, his mental health deteriorated again earlier this year as the dad-of-two began to struggle with reality.

Darren's sister Alexandra said that he was aware he needed help and admitted himself to the crisis team at Wigan Infirmary.

Despite "begging for a bed", Alexandra said that his brother did not stay at the hospital and was found dead shortly afterward.

Leigh Journal: Darren was described as a "big family man"Darren was described as a "big family man"

Alexandra said: "Darren had been struggling with mental health issues for a while and never got the help he needed.

"He had made improvements after he was sectioned but he started having difficulties understanding what was a dream and what was reality, and this really escalated in the weeks before he died.

After living around Park Lane for all of his life, Darren was a well-known and much-loved character in the area

Louise, his partner of 14 years, said: "Darren was a big family man who always put other people first.

"He has a daughter Ellie and he has brought my son Kyle up for the last 14 years, and that just shows the type of man that he was."

For mental health support:

Samaritans are available, day or night, 365 days of the year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at, or visit to find your nearest branch.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) can be reached on their online hotline here or on 0800 58 58 58