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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Family can’t understand why Ulverston man took his own life

THE devastated family of an Ulverston man found hanged in his shed still cannot understand why he took his own life.

The inquest into the death of Richard Farrell was held yesterday following his death on July 1 this year.

The 25-year-old’s mum, Joy Farrell, found her son hanged at his home in Soutergate, Ulverston. She told the inquest he had tried to hang himself once before shortly before his death.

The hearing in Barrow Town Hall heard the former Roose School and Alfred Barrow School pupil took the medication Citalopram to treat depression. The post mortem showed the amount in his blood was at the normal prescribed level.

Mr Farrell, who was brother to Adam and Georgina, bought his house with Emily Cowin, his fiancée for a number of years, but they broke up and she moved out. Mrs Farrell said her son was upset about the break-up and was worried he would lose his house.

But he had been to work at Hayes Garden World in Ambleside on the day he died and colleagues remarked he “was not himself, but he was still joking”.

Mrs Farrell, of South Row, Roose, told the Evening Mail her son was a “fun-loving person” who enjoyed the outdoors and was a great uncle to his niece and nephew. She said: “I can’t understand why it happened. He was very family-orientated and very kind. He was the joker of the family. He knew he was well loved and we know that he loved us.”

She wished to thank Hayes for all the support staff showed her family. Coroner Mr Ian Smith described it as a “terrible waste of young life”.

He recorded the verdict that Mr Farrell died as a consequence of his own actions while suffering from depression.

Mr Smith said: “He was at the time unable to cope with the breakdown in the relationship and the thought he might lose the house he was obviously very proud of and wanted to keep. People do it without thinking it through properly and from what I’ve heard, it does look as though he just came home, took a decision and then acted upon it without stopping to think.”

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A tragic case, and best wishes to his family.

Not an expert, but sadly it matches what I know of depression from diagnosed friends/acquaintances. A person with clinical depression tends to be absolutely crushed by relentless sadness (their situation has little or nothing to do with it, it can happen to people who objectively have nice lives and loving families, but it's a chemical imbalance in the brain) and does not want to live. Suicidal thoughts can be quite frequent. It can be quite difficult for a person with normal mental function to comprehend why someone with a good live and loving family would be depressed, but illness just doesn't follow logic like that.

Quite often they will deal with it by putting on a "happy mask". The closest illustration I've seen around the internet is a dark depressed shadow of a person getting up for the day, opening the wardrobe, and inside are full body suits of a happy person. They walk out looking happy and can perfect the art of appearing that way while still suffering inside.

Those involved should not blame themselves for splitting up or anything as it's not their fault, and the best anyone can do is learn about Depression, raise awareness, and encourage anyone found to be suffering in silence to seek the support of professionals, family and friends.

Posted by Cloud on 31 October 2013 at 14:08

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