THE family of a man found dead in his home has encouraged others who are struggling with their mental health to speak out.

Father-of-three Ian Crossley was found dead at his home by his ex-wife Helen Hajewskyj earlier this month.

Mrs Hajewskyj said the 47-year-old landscaper, from Earby, had not shown serious signs of depression but had suffered from low-level anxiety in the past.

The former Myerscough College pupil studied horticulture and had been in the landscaping profession for more than 20 years.

An inquest into Mr Crossley’s death is set to take place to find the official cause of death.

Mr Crossley ran Creative Outdoor Solutions from Barnwood Road, Earby.

Mrs Hajewskyj, who was with Mr Crossley for 13 years before separating in 2013, said: “He was a loving, family man who had a lot of time for everybody.

“He took lots of pride in his work and gave it everything, he always had lots of good feedback from his customers.

“We didn’t have a clue this was going to happen.

“He would often get a bit down during the winter months as work was not as busy but it picked up in the spring and he would feel better.

“It was harrowing to discover what happened. I had to tell our sons the devastating news.

“It’s been harrowing for everyone.”

More than 300 people turned out to Mr Crossley’s funeral, including friends, family and business customers.

Mrs Hajewskyj said the family has been receiving emotional support for the loss.

She said a note was found in his home saying he was very sorry for what he had done.

Mrs Hajewskyj said: “He had lots of friends who are devastated by what’s happened.

"He saw the kids several times a week, we were on good terms.

"His children are completely lost without him.

"Ian was an incredibly physically strong man and fiercely independent who would go the extra mile to help others."

Mrs Hajewskyj, along with her sons, Joe, 14, Daniel, 11 and William, nine, is raising money towards mental health charity Prevent Suicide.

Giving advice to those suffering with mental health issues, she said: “Please just talk to someone and let people know you are struggling.

“If Ian had seen the people at his funeral and how much he meant to them, I believe he would have thought twice about what he did.

"There is always someone who can help.

"I read somewhere suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

"I would urge people to speak up."

Mr Crossley also leaves a sister and his parents.

To donate to the family's page, click here.