“Suffering from Depression” – 2017

In the course of my research, I have come across many inquest reports in which there appeared to be all the hallmarks of an antidepressant-related death, but where there was no mention of medication.

However, in several reports, treatment by a GP or psychiatric services was implied, through phrases such as “struggling with depression” or “sought help from a GP”.

Many local newspapers now give a minimal amount of information. I have included links to some of these reports, where the impulsive, reckless or violent behaviour involved is typical of antidepressant-induced deaths.

The format of the list is as follows: Name (with Hyperlink); Occupation; Age; Location; Evidence; Cause of Death.

I hope that I have not intruded on anybody’s private grief by collating this information. However, if you are related to one of the victims, and do not wish your relative’s name to be included, please send an email to brian@antidepaware.co.uk with the details, and their name and link will be removed.

I should also be grateful to hear from anybody who can either confirm whether or not antidepressants were being taken by the victim at the time of the tragedy, or at any time during the previous year.

The summaries below all relate to inquests carried out in England or Wales in 2017:


Aaron Ansbro, 23 (Lancashire).”History of depression.” Combination of drugs

Abu Bokker Ali, 18 (West Sussex). Treated by MH services. Took carfentanil

Adam Standing, 38 (Oxfordshire).”Struggled with depression.” Hanged

Alan Potter, 45 (Portsmouth). “Reviewd by MH team.” Struck by lorry

* Amandeep Garcha, accountant, 34 (Kent). Jumped from motorway bridge

Anthony Gough, sales assistant, 32 (North Wales). Drowned in sea

Anthony Rose, 17 (South Devon). Referred to CAMHS. Hanged

April Bradley, zookeeper, 30 (North Wales). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

* Arin Lyth, schoolboy, 13 (Teesside). Hanged

Arwel Davies, 35 (Swansea). “Issues with depression.” Overdose of heroin

Ausama Khalil, artist, 50 (Middlesbrough). “Depressed.” Found at home

* Barry McDonald, taxi driver, 35 (Bolton). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

* Ben McManus, accountant, 26 (North Wales). “Self-harm.” Found dead on school field

Benjamin Fields, 33 (Brighton). “Suffered from depression and anxiety.” Hanged

Benjamin Terranova, 28 (Kent). “Suffered from depression and anxiety.” Combination of drugs

* Brenda Khan, retired police officer, 73 (East London). “Suffering from depression.” Fell from viaduct

Brian Keeney, 41 (Essex). Hanged

* Callum Cooper, 16 (Dorset). Hanged

* Cameron Harvey, 23 (Suffolk). Struck by train

Catherine Vickers, 39 (Surrey). Grieving for son. Hanged

Charles Moodie, ex-driver, 52 (Wiltshire). Struck by train

* Charlotte Cash, 34 (Greater Manchester). Struck by train

* Chloe Holt, student, 20 (Durham). “Unhappiness and anxiety.” Found in her room

Christopher Green, teacher, 44 (Cheshire). History of anxiety and depression.” Hanged

Christopher Small, chef, 44 (County Durham). Hanged

Christopher Southgate, university lecturer, 52 (Isle of Wight). “Troublesome time.” Asphyxiated

Clive Thornton, 40 (Hampshire). “History of depression.” Hanged

Colin Perry, prisoner, 33 (Nottingham Prison). “Mental health issues.” Hanged

Connor Green, 19 (Cheshire). Referred to CAMHS. Combination of drugs

* Courtney Smith, 18 (Cornwall). “Battling mental health problems.” Overdose of paracetamol

* Craig Johnson, insurance worker, 24 (Norwich). Asphyxiated

Daisy Ho, student, 20 (Cardiff). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

Daniel Green, student, 18 (Bristol). Asked about counselling. Hanged

Daniel Harding, technician, 24 (Lincolnshire). “Transferred to psychiatric service.” Hanged

Daniel Smith, 25 (Cheshire). Left MH unit. Died in fire

Daryl Hargrave, 22 (Winchester Prison). “Suffered from mental health problems.” Hanged

David Anderton, 56 (North Wales). “He’d just had enough.” Struck by train

David Cornes, 82 (Cheshire). “Personality disoreder.” Drove his car into parked lorry

* David Howell, unemployed, 43 (Norfolk). “Known to MH services.” Hanged

David Moran, 49 (Cheshire). “Bi-polar.” Overdose of prescribed meds

David Peters, student, 20 (Stoke-on-Trent). “Suffering from depression.” Took poison

David Read, 29 (Norfolk). Referred to MH team. Combination of drugs

David Webster, 81 (North Devon). “Suffered from loneliness.” Hanged

Dayton Hodgkiss, 34 (Stoke-on-Trent). “Suffered from depression.” Combination of heroin & alcohol

Derek Clough, 89 (North Devon). “Concerns.” Drowned in river

Dipa Lad, 36 (Nottinghamshire). Mental health issues. Hanged

Donald Davies, 86 (Cheshire). Told GP about depression. Hanged

Eileen Bridges, 82 (Somerset). “Suffering.” Overdose of Zopiclone

Elliot Stapleton-Giddins, chef, 18 (Buckinghamshire). Saw his GP. Hanged

Emma Ambler, 41 (West Sussex). “Suffered from depression.” Fell from multi-storey car park

Gareth Crabbe, ex-soldier,  (Swansea). “Succumbed to PTSD and anxiety.” Hanged

* Gavin Rudd, bricklayer, 37 (Derbyshire). Hanged

George Haddock, 82 (Suffolk). Saw GP. Set himself on fire in car

* Georgia Walsh, 16 (Kent). Struck by train

Geraint Rowland, 26 (South Wales). “Suffering from a grieving reaction.” Jumped from bridge

Gillian Brown, 78 (North Devon). “Referred to psychiatric services.” Hanged

Glenn Lockey, 46 (Hampshire). History of depression.” Combination of drugs

* Graham Long, 45 (Hampshire). Struck by train

* Harry Ottaway, apprentice, 20 (Norfolk) Hanged

Iain Connor, chef, 27 (Hertfordshire). “History of mental health issues.” Hanged

Ian Spink, 56 (Lincolnshire). Hanged

Irenuesz Losek, 42 (North London). “Suffered mental health issues.” Hanged

Ivan Russell, 48 (Wiltshire). “Suffered from anxiety.” Combination of drugs.”

Jack Portland, 29 (Buckinghamshire). “Struggle with mental health issues.”  Found dead

James Doherty, 16 (Lancashire). Hanged

James Dowling, computer programmer, 27 (Beachy Head). “Work-based stress.” Fell from cliff

James Matthew, 80 (Lincolnshire). “Concerns.” Asphyxiated

* James Spain, unemployed, 53 (Kent). Hanged

Jamie Crighton, 25 (Sunderland). “Suffered from depression.” Overdose of Quetiapine

Jennifer Taal, 48 (North Yorkshire). “History of mental health problems.” Took her life

* Jenny Swift, 49 (Doncaster Prison). Hanged

Jeremy Head, psychologist, 49 (Suffolk). “Mental health problems.” Hanged

John Clayton, researcher, 41 (Cardiff). “History of anxiety and depression.” Cut his wrist

John Stephenson, 85 (Nottinghamshire). “Change in demeanour.” Struck by train

* John Williams, prisoner, 54 (Pentonville Prison). Hanged

Joseph Boseley, 21 (Berkshire). “Distressed.” Hanged

Karl Edgar, 33 (Essex). Hanged

* Kathleen Trimnell, ex-nurse, 72 (South Devon). “Receiving treatment.” Found in harbour

Katie Griffith, student, 18 (North Wales). “Under the care of adult MH services.” Struck by vehicle

Kayleigh Caesar, nurse, 28 (Kent). “Struggled with depression.” Hanged

Keith Robinson, 48 (East London). “Severe bouts of depression.” Drowned in river.

Kiki Grigat, facilities manager, 51 (East Sussex). Saw her GP. Drowned in sea

Kirsty Robinson, 27 (Teesside). “Suffered from depression.” Combination of drugs

Krystyna Maliga, laundrette assistant, 61 (South Devon). “Problems.” Hanged

* Lara Nosiru, student, 23 (Bristol). Jumped from bridge

Laura Hyde, nurse, 27 (Plymouth). “Low in mood,” Injected anaesthetic drugs

Laura Stainton, 32 (Cumbria). “Problems included depression.” Overdose of methadone

Lauren Carr, 18 (Greater Manchester). “Struggled.” Hanged

Leah Ratheram, 20 (Birmingham). “Mood swings.” Hanged

Lech Augustynowicz, recycling worker, 55 (South Devon). Grieving. Hanged

* Lee Downey, 35 (County Durham). “Struggle with depression.” Found on beach

Lee Johnson, police officer, 45 (North Wales). In MH unit. Hanged

* Lee Sweeney, unemployed, 46 (South Devon). Hanged

Leszek Pioterek, 55 (Staffordshire). Hanged

Levi Smith, prisoner, 41 (Emley Prison). “Severe anxiety attack.” Hanged

Liam McEwen, 29 (Hertfordshire). “Saw a doctor” about depression. Hanged

Lisa Williams, 31 (North Wales). “Battling some difficulties.” Set herself on fire

Lorna Graves-Lynch, 38 (North Wales). Discharged from MH unit. Overdose of heroin

* Lucas Dean, apprentice, 20 (West Yorkshire). Hanged

Lucy Casey, 29 (Teesside). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

* Luigi Trenti-Paoli, student, 20 (Oxford). Hanged

Lyndsey Higgins, 30 (Lancashire). “Had been depressed.” Hanged

Malvyn Fairclough, student, 23 (North London). “Felt inadequate.” Struck by tube train

Margaret Atkinson, prisoner, 47 (Low Newton Prison). “Mental health issues.” Hanged

* Margaret Tisson, school worker, 59 (East London). “Bouts of depression.” Struck by tube train

Marie Norris, 78 (West Sussex). Overdose of painkillers

Mark Smitherson, ex-firefighter, 51 (Nottinghamshire). Hanged

Mary Evans, 72 (Shropshire). “History of depression.” Drowned in pond

Matthew Bates, 21 (Cheshire). “Suffred from depression.” Overdose of Pregabalin

Matthew Williams, 37 (South Wales). “Low mood mental health.” Hanged

Maxine Wiley, bar manager, 23 (Bristol). Hanged

* Melanie Wilson, 22 (Nottinghamshire). “Serious mental problems.” Found in garden

Melvin James, 36 (Wolverhampton). Fatally stabbed his sister, then himself

Michelle Barnes, prisoner, 33 (Low Newton Prison). Hanged

* Mohammed Baz, butcher, 38 (North London). Struck by train

Natalie Welsh, pharmacy assistant, 37 (Brighton). Battling anxiety and depression.” Overdose of heroin

Nathan Saunders, shop worker, 20 (Cheshire). “History of depression.” Struck by train

Nicholas Donohue, warehouse operator, 42 (Lancashire). “Very upset.” Hanged

Nicholas Weston, 23 (West Sussex), “Requiring inpatient treatment.” Fell from hospital roof

Nicola Edwards, medical secretary, 49 (Kent). “Battle with depression.” Cut her wrists

Nicole Lever, 17 (South Devon). Treated by CAMHS. Overdose of non-prescribed meds

Nigel Ordinans, retired brewery worker, 63 (Kent). “Under a lot of stress.” Battered his wife then decapitated himself in car

Noel Boylan, prisoner, 46 (Channings Wood Prison). Hanged

Owen Wason, ex-marine, 26 (County Durham). PTSD. Hanged

Pamela Leiluga, ex-civil servant, 45 (Lancashire). “Suffering from depression.” Carbon monoxide poisoning

Patrick Blackie, 32 (Lancashire). “Depressed.” Hanged

Paul Casey, builder, 41 (East Sussex). “Emotional distress.” Hanged

Paul Cooling, 50 (Nottinghamshire). “Suffered depression.” Overdose of painkillers

Paul Shortland, 53 (Gloucestershire). Hanged

Pauline Lowe, finance clerk, 48 (Dorset). “Worrying.” Hanged

Pawel Krupiczojc, 39 (Herefordshire). “Talked with his doctor.” Hanged

Peter Docherty, 54 (West London). Treated in MH unit. Struck by train

Peter Peacock, 67 (Essex). Struck by train

Peter Wheeler, 39 (Hampshire). “Suffered from depression.” Overdose of painkillers & alcohol

Petrus Willemse, librarian, 60 (Oxford). “Couldn’t cope.” Hanged

Philip Sewell, 24 (Norfolk). In hospital. Hanged

Pourya Jahanbakhsh-Kermani, gas engineer, 33 (Southampton). Struck by train

* Rebecca Brabon, schoolgirl, 15 (South Wales). Asphyxiated

Rebecca de Roeper, schoolgirl, 16 (Suffolk). “Suffered occasional panic attacks.” Overdose of prescribed meds

* Richard Pitkin, businessman, 65 (Suffolk). Fatally stabbed his wife, then hanged himself

Robert Jones, 56 (West Midlands). “Diagnosis of depression.” Stabbed himself

Robert Jones-Welch, ex-police officer, 50 (North Wales). “Distraught,” Hanged

Robert Preston-Jones, lawyer, 48 (Hertfordshire). “Problems.” Struck by train

Robert Smith, car salesman, 28 (Woverhampton). Hanged

Ronald Bennett, 77 (Worcestershire). “Anxiety and delusional beliefs.” Hanged

Rodney Siziba, delivery driver, Oxfordshire. Struck by train

Rosie Payne, shop assistant, 19 (Lancashire). “Anxiety attacks.” Hanged

Roy Magil, 68 (Dorset). Electrocuted himself

Ryan Gorton, 19 (Deerbolt YOI). Hanged

Sam Abel, schoolboy, 14 (Worcestershire). Fell from multi-storey car park

* Sarah Stringer, 39 (Kent). “Post traumatic stress.” Drowned in sea

Sarah Tyler, 39 (North Wales). In MH unit. Hanged

Scott Enion, ex-soldier, 45 (Kent). “History of depression.” Jumped from cliff

Serena Williams, nurse, 45 (Greater Manchester). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

Sharlene Godding, delivery driver, 27 (Bolton). “History of mental health.” Hanged

* Shaun Hume, 24 (Northumberland). Grieving. Drowned in river

Steffan Bonnot, 17 (West Sussex). “Emotionally damaged.” Struck by train

Stepan Klimentjev, unemployed, 30 (Bristol). Jumped into gorge

Stephen Clark, 55 (South Devon). Combination of prescription meds

Stephen Dunning, engineer, 57 (Middlesbrough). “Facing worries.” Found in car

Stephen McDermott, 32 (Lancashir). Treated by MH services. Hanged

Stephen Parkin, farmer, 56 (Hertfordshire). “Stressed.” Hanged

* Steven Ordoyno, 47 (Norwich). “Went to collect his prescription.” Combination of drugs

Stuart Churchill, 67 (South Wales). Struck by train

Stuart McKenzie, engineer, 33 (Cumbria). “Behaving out of character.” Hanged

* Susan Moulton, 57 (North Wales). “Bipolar.” Hanged

Terry McKeown, electrician, 52 (Cheshire). “Suffered from low mood.” Hanged

Thomas Green, 21 (Greater Manchester). PTSD. Hanged

Tina Ritchie, 41 (Grimsby). “Suffered from depression.” Overdose of Propranolol

* Tracy Starling, 36 (Cornwall). Hanged

Travis Hunter, 32 (West Midlands). “History of mental health problems.” Inhaled helium

Vicky Payne, 40 (Stoke-on-Trent). “Badly affected by depression.” Overdose of heroin

Vince Dawes, tattooist, 49 (Gloucestershire). Hanged

* Warren Hall, 25 (Leicestershire). Stabbed himself

Wayne Curran, plasterer, (37). “History of depression.” Drove car into tree

William Loveridge, 52 (Essex). “History of depression.” Drove car into river

Zane Khan, cleaner, 36 (Hertfordshire). “Depressed.” Hanged

Zoe French, 32 (Kent). Bereaved. Combination of drugs


Total so far: 178

* inquest pending, adjourned or in progress


Related Inquest Reports:

Inquests 2017

“Suffering from Depression” – 2013   [360]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2014   [649]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2015   [794]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2016   [721]


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