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Bereaved mother of mental health nurse pays tribute to ‘selfless’ son

Hundreds of messages of condolence left for nurse described as passionate about mental health

Hundreds of messages of condolence left for nurse described as passionate about mental health

Daniel Platt, mental health lead nurse at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, was found dead on 20 October
Mental health lead nurse Daniel Platt will be sadly missed by staff and patients, University
Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said

A bereaved mother has paid tribute to her mental health nurse son, who died just days after appearing in a video encouraging other NHS staff to support their colleagues.

Daniel Platt, a band 7 lead nurse for mental health at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, was found dead at his home in Stoke-on-Trent on 20 October.

On 10 October, Mr Platt appeared in a short film for the trust, encouraging staff to become mental health champions so they can support their colleagues.

His funeral was held today.

‘A nurse who gave himself to his profession fully’

Speaking to Nursing Standard, Mr Platt’s mother Roma Reynolds said her son was an amazing person who had touched many lives.

‘Dan was a selfless person who always stood up for people less fortunate and in need,’ she said. ‘He gave himself to his profession fully. I am so proud to call him my son – my life and others’ were richer with him in it.

‘As a family, we are devastated, and losing a child, at whatever age, is heartbreaking.’

Support group for men experiencing depression

Mr Platt, 33, was also a member of Men Unite, a support group helping men in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire with depression.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust chief nurse Michelle Rhodes offered condolences to Mr Platt’s family.

‘Daniel was a well-respected and much valued member of our nursing team, he was passionate about mental health and the care that he gave to our patients. He will be sadly missed by all of us.’

Hundreds of messages of condolence have also been left on social media. One woman said that Mr Platt had saved her life; ‘I'll never forget what he did for me,’ she wrote.

A nursing student wrote: ‘You were an amazing man, you have taught me so much being a student – and I will never forget your kind, amazing advice.'

A fundraising page has been set up for Mr Platt’s two-year-old son. 

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