Terrible news about the death of Alan Wise, the legendary boss of Factory Records, ‘of a broken heart’ just three months after the death of his depressed 22-year-old daughter.
Alan was part of the team behind the Hacienda, Factory Records, Joy Division, New Order and was the promoter of The Fall.
He’d been thwarted in his 18 month fight to get help for his daughter, Natasha, before she took her life in March and that tragedy has been compounded by his own death.
Natasha died hours after celebrating her 22nd birthday and Alan Wise was critical of lack of help from mental health services in Manchester for allegedly failing to help his daughter cope with depression despite several attempts to take her own life in the months leading up to her death.
Natasha suffered with substance abuse and self-harmed, but had sought help after visiting her GP to be referred for counselling.
Interviewed after her death, he said she was ‘messed around’ for months.
“She needed treatment. She was a very poorly girl and we begged them. Literally begged them.”
Friends say he ‘never recovered’ from his daughter’s death and ‘died of a broken heart’. The exact cause of his death — which happened while he was sleeping on Thursday night — is not yet known.
Whenever I was in that dark place where taking my own life seemed like the only path I could take I always remembered that if it did it would have repercussions for those near me, especially my children, and that dragged me back.
I have met people whose parents took their own lives and it casts a dark shadow over their lives as well.
Suicide is not the end and it does not happen independently of the rest of the world, it starts a chain of despair that will damage and even destroy multiple lives.
Mental health needs to be taken seriously by health professionals and the government need to give it more resources, unfortunately with the continual attacks of the funding of the NHS stories like this are likely to become more frequent, not less.