A HEARTBROKEN mother has paid tribute to “the most beautiful and innocent” teenager who sadly died after falling from a bridge.

Chris Nota, 19, died after jumping off the bridge in Queensway, Southend on Tuesday.

His devastated mum, who wishes not to be named, said Chris died after being let down by the government and local mental health services.

Chris, who was described as a sweet, kind and funny young man who charmed all who met him, had autism, epilepsy, anxiety and learning disabilities.

She said: “He was the most beautiful, innocent boy who was failed by the government.

“He really was incredible, and he lived with his disabilities.

“He died because people who were supposed to keep him safe and provide the help he needed let him down.

“Nobody, including doctors would put a proper package together for him to keep him safe.

His mother said a week before he died, he attempted suicide from the same bridge, but he wasn’t sectioned.

“He was allowed out of hospital even though he tried to jump,” she said.

“That’s one of the reasons he was failed, and it’s heart-breaking.”

She said Chris lived with the challenges of his disabilities and the bereavement of his grandmother, who died four years ago.

“He looked normal, was good looking and people treated him like he was a typical guy, but he wasn’t,” she added.

“People said he was often quiet, but he had loads to process in his brain.

“He didn’t have the same brain power to keep up with everything and was very modest and just wanted to fit in.

“When his grandma died mental health services refused to see him and we couldn’t get him any treatment.

“He was never the same.

“It’s impossible to get services to keep a disabled child safe and healthy, the services refused to connect and they were unfair.”

A group of parents of children with disabilities are campaigning to make things better for children and adults with mental health problems, even more so now in his name.

His family feel this tragedy should be used to highlight and correct the failings in the treatment of disabled children and adults.

Therefore they will be holding a “Make some music for Chris” event on Wednesday, July 15 at the North Field Priory Park, Southend at noon.

People have been invited to stand and play music in a socially distanced bubble as a tribute to him and other children who are being failed and are suffering.