It was a story that could have easily been the start of a Hollywood blockbuster, with Tom Hanks as the character, but instead the young man was left to try and cope with the loss of his father.
Hanks played Matthew, a young man with a tragic past who tries to make it as a sports announcer.
The son of a truck driver, Matthew’s life was in danger when his father died when he was just nine months old.
But the father had a long history of mental illness, including suicidal tendencies.
Matthew’s mother, who suffered from bipolar disorder, took the family to the local mental hospital to get a diagnosis.
When Matthew was released, the boy’s mother said she had “been told that the doctor had given Matthew some sort of medication and that he was not suicidal”.
It was the first time Matthew had been in a mental hospital, according to his mother, and when he saw that the young boy had no way to cope with it, he was left with no choice but to go back to the truck.
Matthew returned to work as a trucking driver, but was eventually fired after the company learned he was bipolar.
Matthew has struggled with depression and anxiety, but is determined to work and get back to school.
Matthew is the latest of thousands of young people to be affected by mental health issues in the wake of the devastating pandemic.
Many have sought help at the Phoenix Veterans Crisis Line, where there are now more than 2,000 people in its waiting list, which is believed to be the largest of any mental health facility in the US.
There have been two previous suicides in Arizona since the outbreak, and more than 1,000 veterans have been discharged from hospitals because of mental health problems, according the Phoenix Star-Phoenix New Times.
Phoenix is the epicentre of the pandemic, with more than 3 million people in need of emergency care.
More than 200,000 Americans have died and more will suffer in the coming weeks, with many more in need.
The US has been hit by a wave of suicides.
At least three people have died this week in Arizona.
The number of suicides in the state has surpassed the number of deaths in the entire US since the start.
Hospitals in Arizona are often crowded with people waiting for treatment, and the number in the waiting list is expected to reach 2,100 by the end of the week, according Phoenix News.