‘Very popular’ mum-of-two, 23, took her own life after ‘suffering in silence’

The heartbroken family of a much loved mum-of-two who died tragically at the weekend have launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her funeral.

Twenty-three-year-old Nikita Johnson’s body was found on the M18 on Saturday 30th October, with countless tributes now having poured in for the popular young mum, reports YorkshireLive.

Her sister Stacey said: “Nikita was bubbly, she’d light up a room when she walked in and made everyone laugh. Her personality, the way she was, she was funny. She just acted silly – like a big kid, kind of thing”

“She loved going out partying, spending time with her nephews and loved all her friends – she was very popular.”

In a post accompanying the fundraiser, another of her sisters, Ria, spoke of her kindness and bubbly personality, while also encouraging others to seek help should they need it.

It read: “Nikita was 23 years old and a mother of 2, she was the baby of 4 sisters, she lived with myself and my family.”

“Nikita loved going out with friends she was the life and soul of the party, she would never let people down and the kindest person to the people she knew. “

“Unfortunately we didn’t know how much she was suffering, she suffered in silence never told people how she felt.”

The post concludes by remembering her as a "bubbly and sassy" woman. Her sister also reveals in the message that Nikita "wasn't the same" after the passing of their father in 2019, and that it had severely affected her mental health.

Although the cause of death has not been officially confirmed as investigations are ongoing, police have informed the family that they believed it to be suicide, something that Ria also addressed in the post.

“I really hope people start talking out about mental illness and depression you’re not alone so please don’t think you are. Talk to someone, anyone. We’re here to listen.”

Donations are being accepted on the family's GoFundMe page.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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