“Suffering from Depression” – 2018

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 2018: 


Alan Clarke, 53 (Lincolnshire). “Suffered from depression.” Hanged

Andrea Hodgson, 48 (South Yorkshire). “History of anxiety and depression.” Struck by train

Ayton Cox, builder, 41 (West Midlands). “Bipolar.” Hanged

Benjamin Rathbone, transport manager, 35 (Cheshire). “Battled depression.” Hanged

Clifford Brown, 88 (Somerset). “Low and depressed.” Hanged

Connor Still, window fitter, 20 (Hampshire). “History of anxiety and depression.” Hanged

Daniel Clinkscales, 35 (Bristol). Fell from cliff

* Daniel Shorrocks, 17 (South Devon). “History of being suicidal.” Fell into quarry

Deborah Hoggart, 28 (Buckinghamshire). “Depressed.” Set her car on fire

Denise Beck, 50 (Hull). Hanged

Dhuha Al-Nader, 25 (Essex). “Mental health issues.” Overdose of Pentobarbital

* Emily Hartley, 21 (Wakefield Prison). “History of mental ill health.”Took her life

Hayat Ali, 48 (Buckinghamshire). Hanged

Ian Harrison, 39 (Berkshire). “Out of character.” Hanged

Ian Taylor, 54 (South London). “Suffering from depression.” Found in shed

James Chew, 37 (Norfolk). “History of depression.” Hanged

Jeremy Gibbs, 45 (Plymouth). “Suffering from anxiety and depression.” Stabbed himself

* Joseph Hause, 38 (Chelmsford Prison). Hanged

Justin Brown, 30 (East Sussex). “Depressed.” Hanged

Kalem Edwards, 25 (Oxford). “History of mental health problems.” Drowned in river

Karen McAuley, ex-machinist, 54 (Wigan). “Several drugs prescribed to her.” Combination of Oramorph & alcohol

Kayley McLeod, 21 (Northamptonshire). “History of mental health problems.” Hanged

* Kirk McLaughlin, ex-soldier, 36 (Essex). “Suffered with depression.” Took his life

* Lara Calthrop, student, 19 (Kent). “Difficulties.” Struck by train

Lee Randall, 36 (Greater Manchester). “Struggled.” Hanged

Lorraine Bartlett, 38 (South Devon). “History of mental health problems.” Hanged

Martin Formanek, 38 (Plymouth). “Suffering PTSD.” Overdose of Propranolol

* Nathan Hunt, soldier, 39 (Lincolnshire). “Struggling with depression.” Found at home

Patrick Farr, recruitment worker, 33 (Hull). Hanged

Paul Broadbent, ex-police officer, 34 (South Yorkshire). Hanged

Paul Crossland, 54 (West Yorkshire). “History of depression.” Fell from multi-storey car park

Raymond Stott, farmer, 77 (Somerset). “Health problems.” Hanged

Sammi Miers, 33 (Hampshire). “Suffered from depression.” Set fire to car

Scott Vickers, 32 (East Yorkshire). Hanged

Scott Wilkes, 38 (West Midlands). “Mood swings.” Hanged

Stephen Chadwick, 56 (Lincolnshire). “Paranoid.” Hanged

Sydnie MacFarlane, 29 (South London). “Depressed.” Killed her two children and herself by drug overdose

Viktor Ivanelo, student, 21 (Surrey). “Low mood.” Hanged

Will Brooks, 19 (Somerset). Took his life

William Tweed, 15 (Essex). Struck by train

* Zdenka Yabani, 39 (Berkshire). Struck by train


Total so far: 49

* inquest pending, adjourned or in progress


Related Inquest Reports:

Inquests 2018

“Suffering from Depression” – 2013   [332]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2014   [642]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2015   [778]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2016   [700]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2017   [718]