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Mum's devastation as illness takes her bright and beautiful daughter.

Byline: CHRIS HOLE

A DEVASTATED mum has paid tribute to her "beautiful and intelligent" daughter who died after battling a mental health illness.

Charlene Davies suffered with bipolar disorder and battled depression for several years.

Today her mum Glynis Davies has remembered the 27-year-old, who was tragically found dead at her flat.

Glynis, 52, from Middlesbrough said: "It's such a sad loss. It had to be the illness for her to do that. She was a beautiful girl and enjoyed her life.

"I really miss her. We were very good friends and really close."

Charlene was born and raised in London but had family and friends on Teesside.

She also lived in Middlesbrough for three years while studying a Creative Visualisation degree at Teesside University.

"It was the course she wanted to do and she enjoyed living in Middlesbrough and seeing her family," Glynis, who now lives in Putney, London, said.

"She met a boyfriend Ian Banks there who she was with for seven years. She enjoyed herself. She liked computer games, she used to go to the gym and she loved going to the cinema and gigs."

Charlene, who most recently worked as a desktop publisher, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after suffering with spells of depression.

She was prescribed medication to help her cope with the condition but it made her ill and caused her to lose weight. She was later put on a waiting list to receive therapy but sadly, she died after spending more than a year on the list.

Glynis became worried about her only child after not hearing from her.

Charlene was later found dead in her Wimbledon flat, on May 23, and her mum believes she took her own life because of her condition.

"It was the illness which caused her to take her own life," Glynis said.

Glynis is now asking for more to be done to raise awareness of mental health issues such as bipolar disorder.

The condition has made the news recently after celebrities including Catherine Zeta Jones, Kerry Katona, and Stephen Fry, all admitted to suffering from it. EastEnders also featured the condition last year, when Stacey Branning was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"People need to be more aware of things like this," said Glynis, who grew up in South Bank with mum Enid, dad Ralph and brothers Ian, Jeffrey, Ralph and Robert.

"It doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, it's an illness that can attack anybody. Giving people tablets doesn't work for everybody.

"But with the right therapy it can be controlled."

Charlene's funeral service will be held at South Bank Mission, on Normanby Road, tomorrow at 12.30pm, prior to burial in Eston Cemetery.

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CELEBRITY SUFFERERS: Stephen Fry and Catherine Zeta Jones GRIEVING: Glynis Davies with Charlene, above, and with a picture of her daughter after she graduated, below left. Charlene is also pictured below right with her former boyfriend Ian Banks Picture below left by IAN COOPER
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 9, 2011
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