“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: 


Aidan Mazurke, student, 16 (North Yorkshire). Struck by train

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

* Alan McWhinnie, 40 (Kent). Struck by vehicle

Alexander Williams, 29 (Cardiff). “Stressed.” Carbon monoxide poisoning

Alistair Eccles, 35 (Lancashire). History of anxiety and depression.” Hanged

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

Andrea Jones, 46 (Greater Manchester). “History of depression.” Hanged

Andrew Jackson, roofer, 42 (Greater Manchester). Fell from bridge

Andrew Worden, student, 22 (Cornwall). Referred to mental health team.” Asphyxiated

Angela Neville, 48 (Cornwall). “Battling depression.” Took her life

Anthony Caulfield, ex-gardener, 79 (Wigan). Fell from block of flats

Artur Ulijarczyk, 35 (Lincolnshire). Fell from block of flats

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

Badr Rayan, prisoner, 21 (Swinfen Hall Prison). “Poor mental health.” Hanged

Ben Epton, plumber, 26 (West Midlands). “Struggling.” Hanged

Ben Overfield, 20 (Teesside). “Suffered from depression.” Fell from cliff

* Ben Landers, 29 (Essex). “Known to the MH unit.” Asphyxiated

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

Bethany Hipsey, 21 (Worcestershire). “In the care of MH professionals.” Overdose of DNP

* Billy Ngwenya, student, 17 (West Yorkshire). “Feelings of anxiety.” Hanged

Bogdan Ivantsof, 22 (Somerset). “Troubled.” Hanged

* Bradley Lewis, 25 (Essex). “Known to mental health services.” Drowned in river

Brandon Warren, schoolboy, 14 (Kent). “Low mood and anxiety.” Hanged

Callum Cooper, 16 (Dorset). “Paranoid.” Hanged

* Carol Smalley, 54 (Suffolk). “Suffering from depression.” Drowned in sea

Charles Broom, prisoner, 66 (Exeter Prison). “Diminished responsibility.” Hanged

Charles Hudson, 74 (South Devon). “Feeling anxious.” Hanged

Charlotte Guy, student, 17 (Wigan). “Referred to healthcare professionals.” Hanged

* Chirelle Calder, 17 (Tyneside). “Anxiety.” Fell from cliff

Christopher Castledine, student, 18 (Humber Bridge). Jumped from bridge

Christopher Hutton, 48 (Greater Manchester). Hanged

* Claire Greaves, (Coventry). Died in Cygnet MH unit

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

Colin Boydon, 43 (Bristol). Fell from cliff

Colin Juffs, ex-computer analyst, 65 (North London). Took his life

Colin Peel, 42 (Newcastle). Fell from bridge

Connor Robertson, schoolboy, 12 (Birmingham). Prescribed meds for ADHD. 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

* Darren Capewell, prisoner, 37 (Nottingham Prison). Took his life

David Baker, gardener, 43 (Southampton). Overdose of two prescribtion meds

David Edwards-Gill, student, 16 (Wigan). Treated by CAMHS. Struck by train

* David Milner, driver, 51 (West Yorkshire). “Diagnosed with anxiety and depression.” Fell from motorway bridge

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

Donna Hegarty, 42 (West Yorkshire). Referred to MH services. Hanged

* Douglas Fairbairn, 34 (Essex). Hanged

Edward Ketchen, student, 17 (Kent). Treated by CAMHS. Hanged

Elton Harland, 13 (Lancashire). “Low self-esteem.” Hanged

Emily Hartley, 21 (New Hall Prison). “Mental health issues.” Hanged

Errol Field, 68 (Surrey). Struck by train

Eyob Tefera, 27 (Swansea). Saw MH liaison nurse. Drowned in marina

Gareth Butler, 30 (Wiltshire). “Treatment resistant schizophrenia.” Overdose of Clozapine

Gary Tustain, HGV driver, 45 (Oxfordshire). Hanged

* Gary Tyse, headteacher, 37 (Kent). Hanged

Gary West, 32 (Suffolk). “Depressed.” Struck by train

Geoffrey Spencer, ex-soldier, 64 (Hertfordshire). “Suffered with depression.” Overdose of prescribed painkillers

George Eapen, anaesthetist, 41 (Derbyshire). “Sought counselling.” Combination of drugs

George Holloway, 18 (Gloucestershire). “Battling demons.” Fell from multi-storey car park

* George Lomas, schoolboy, 16 (Derbyshire). Referred by GP to MH services. Hanged

Grango Ille, 74 (Lincolnshire). Shot himself

Hayat Ali, 48 (Buckinghamshire). Hanged

Holly Clacy, schoolgirl, 15 (Essex). Took her life

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

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

Jack Cropper, builder, 20 (Lancashire). “Upset.” Hanged

James Brack, student, 19 (East Yorkshire). “Suffered with depression.” Found in woods

* James Dent, 28 (Norfolk). In MH unit. Hanged

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

James Christianson, dock worker, (Plymouth). Hanged

Janet Brighton, 77 (Lincolnshire). “Low mood.” Drowned in river

Jenna Grenwood, 31 (West Yorkshire). Grieving. Hanged

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

Joe Bartlett, prisoner, 36 (Norwich Prison). Hanged

John Chapman, prisoner, 43 (Wymott Prison). “Placed on an ACCT.” Hanged

* John Plampin, 81 (Suffolk). Hanged

John Renwick, barman, 37 (Newcastle). Hanged

John Worthington, electrician, 32 (Norwich). “Patient of concern.” Took his life

Jonathan Reynolds, tattooist, 48 (North Wales). Hanged

Jordan Bilsland, student, 19 (York). “Dark thoughts.” Hanged

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

* Justin Cheng, student, (Bristol). “Thought to have taken his own life.”

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

* Kashaani Van Lancker, soldier, 21 (Shropshire). “Saw a doctor.” Hanged

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

* Keith Abbott, prisoner, 32 (Haverigg Prison). “History of mental health problems.” Hanged

Kelly Taylor, 38 (Humber Bridge). Treated by MH services. Jumped from bridge

Kelvin Edmunds, 61 (Cardiff). “Mentally fragile.” Hanged

* Kieron Durkan, ex-footballer, 44 (Cheshire). Found in car

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

Lance Osborn, 28 (South Wales). “In the care of mental health services.” Drowned in estuary

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

Lee Evans, 23 (Essex). “History of depression.” Hanged

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

Lee Webb, bar worker, 28 (Cardiff). “Low in mood.” Hanged

Lily Mae Sharp, schoolgirl, 13 (Cheshire). Saw a counsellor. Hanged

Linsey Sergeant, 71 (South Wales). Suffocated his wife, then hanged himself

* Lisa Highton, beauty therapist, 45 (West Yorkshire). “Suffering from depression.” Hanged

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

Louise Buck, nursing assistant, 21 (Norwich). Hanged

Lucas Holness, 16 (Lincolnshire). “Attended counselling sessions.” Hanged

Luke Keen, 31 (Southampton). “Mentally-ill.” Asphyxiated

Luke Wheeler, 30 (Bedfordshire). “Troubled.” Struck by vehicle

* Malcolm Falkus, 77 (Norfolk). Hanged

Marcus Colville, student, 20 (Newcastle). “Difficulties.” Hanged

Margaret Blenman, 48 (Brighton). “Struggling.”Drowned in sea

Maria Burke, prisoner, 46 (Drake Hall Prison). “Struggled to cope.” Hanged

Mark Byrne, 30 (Wirral). Hanged

Mark Hawker, 47 (Bristol). “Struggling.” Asphyxiated

Mark Stokes, 52 (Kent). “Struggled with his mental health.” Found at home

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

Megan Dowsett, student,18 (Essex). Treated by CAMHS, in MH unit. Struck by train

* Megan Evans, schoolgirl, 14 (South Wales). Died at home

Michael Nicholas, apprentice, 17 (South Wales). “Deeply troubled.” Hanged

Michael Parkins, 40 (Plymouth). “Met with psychiatrist.” Fell from multi-storey car park

Michael Tansey, 39 (Bolton). “Battled depression.” Hanged

Michal Kayser, labourer, 33 (Lancashire). “History of depression.” Drove car into wall

Michelle Awbery, radiographer, 46 (North Wales). Grieving. Stabbed herself

Nadezhda Maggs, 57 (Essex). “Known to MH services.” Stabbed herself

* Nathan Hunt, soldier, 39 (Lincolnshire). “Struggling with depression.” Hanged

* Nicholas Dawson, 28 (West Yorkshire). “Distressed.” Fell from motorway bridge

Oliver Mursell, 17 (Hampshire). “Emotional and impulsive.” Hanged

Olivia Faulkner, 19 (South London). “Suffering with anxiety.” Overdose of medication

Olumide Orimoloye, 42 (Hertfordshire). Stabbed his girlfriend then cut his throat

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

Paul Abbott, prisoner, 57 (Long Lartin Prison). Hanged

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

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

Pawel Pakula, 26 (Somerset). Hanged

Philip Spencer, 63 (Lincolnshire). “Mental health problems.” Struck by train

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

Ricky Slade, prisoner, 30 (Nottingham Prison). “Difficult to assess his anxieties.” Hanged

Rita Lita, 36 (Norwich). Seen by MH services.” Hanged

Robert Bradshaw, 38 (North Wales). “Suffered from depression.” Inhaled helium

Robert Craig, 30 (Lancashire). “Low moods and depression.” Hanged

* Robert Marney, 36 (Essex). “Known to mental health services.” Struck by train

Robin Richards, 33 (Somerset). “Asperger’s and ADHD.” Hanged

Ross Bullock, forklift truck driver, 38 (Worcestershire). “Distress.” Hanged

Ryan Ellis, sales consultant, 23 (Southampton). “History of depression.” Hanged

Sam Brice, scaffolder, 23 (Bristol). Saw his GP. Set himself on fire

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

Samuel Smart, 22 (Essex). Hanged

Scott Vickers, 32 (East Yorkshire). Hanged

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

Sean Plumstead, prisoner, 27 (Winchester Prison). Hanged

Shane Hardy, 29 (Gloucestershire). “Vulnerable.” Took his life

Shane Luscombe, scaffolder, 46 (Plymouth). “Battling mental health problems.” Hanged

* Sophie Forrest, 26 (Essex). Hanged

Stacey Ellicot, prisoner, 35 (Eastwood Park Prison).  “Struggled.” Hanged

Stephen Batty, 47 (Lincoln Prison). “Suffering from depression.” Hanged

Stephen Brazier, 70 (South London). “Wasn’t himself.” Hanged

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

Stephen Connell, prisoner, 20 (Hindley Prison). “Signs of self-harm.” Hanged

Steven Edwards, docker, 49 (Liverpool). “Paranoid.” Hanged

Steven Hind, 35 (West London). “Looking into getting counselling.” Hanged

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

* Taha Hassan, customer services advisor, 24 (Leeds). hanged

Terence Beesley, actor, 60 (Somerset). Carbon monoxide poisoning

Timothy Shaw, prisoner, 34 (Chelmsford Prison). Combination of drugs

Tony Jenkins, 25 (Teesside). Hanged

* Ursula Keogh, schoolgirl, 11 (West Yorkshire).  “History of self-harming.” Found beneath bridge

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

Zeynep Pattie, student, 18 (Essex). “Battling with depression.” Struck by train


Total so far: 169

* 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]