“Suffering from Depression” – 2020


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 2019:


* Anthony Jenner, retired teacher, 70 (Derbyshire). “Depression and anxiety.” Asphyxiated

* Billy Smith, 32 (Kent). Hanged

* Chris Barker, ex-footballer, 39 (Cardiff). Took his life

Cooper Galbraith, 51 (Gloucestershire). “Depressed.” Took his life

Daniel Akam, prisoner, 43 (Lndholme Prison). “History of depression.”

David Moreton, 64 (Shropshire). Struck by train

Deborah Lamont, doctor, 44 (Cardiff). “Struggled with depression.” Hanged

Ean Smith, prisoner (Lincoln Prison). History of depression.” Hanged

Emily Elliott, 23 (West Yorkshire). “History of mental heath problems.” Took her life

Eniola Nduka, student, 17 (Cambridgeshire). Struck by train

Frederick Hubbard, 69 (Dorset). Struck by train

* Haoling Feng, 21 (Stoke-on-Trent). Hanged

Jessena Sheridan, 46 (South Wales). Stabbed her partner and herself

* Joey Smith, 32 (Kent). Hanged

John Dunbavand, 81 (Hertfordshire). “Desperate.” Shot his wife, then himself

* Jonathan Kybird, 53 (Norwich). Hanged

Jonathan Richards, 53 (Hampshire). “In a dark place.” Hanged

Julian Roberts, charity worker, 37 (Oxfordshire). “Suffered from anxiety and depression.” Hanged

* Keana Dippenaar, student, 18 (Southampton). Hanged

Laxmi Kaneri, gynaecologist, 45 (Birmingham). “Visited her GP.” Hanged

* Luke Neeson, RAF engineer, 25 (Oxfordshire). Hanged

Mark Chapman, 47 (Lancashire). “Referred for counselling.” Fell from multi-storey car park

* Matthew Law, prison officer, 29 (Isle of Wight). “Fragile mental health.” Hanged

Matthew Walton, 32 (Oxfordshire). “Suffered from anxiety and depression.” Took his life

* Michael Gask, ex-marine, 43 (Kent). “Suffering from PTSD.” Hanged

* Melvyn Jones, (North Wales). “Depressed.” Cut his throat

Michael Sanders, 39 (Norfolk). “High risk.” Drowned in river

Nicholas Harper, 50 (North Yorkshire). Took his life

* Owen Lavelle, 37 (Dorset). Asphyxiated

Paul Fuller, 44 (Kent). “Worrying.” Jumped from cliff

Paul Williams, 39 (North Wales). “Diagnosed with depression.” Cut his throat

Pawal Lopata, lorry driver, 39 (Southampton). “Seen by his GP.” Struck by train

Robert Pickthall, 64 (Cheshire). Struck by train

Scott Rae, 29 (Teesside). “Medical history of depression.” Hanged

Shneur Kaye, schoolboy, 14 (Greater Manchester). “Received counselling.” Suffocated

Stuart Hewett, technician, 46 (South Devon). “Diagnosed with depression.” Struck by train


Total so far: 36

* inquest pending, adjourned or in progress


Related Inquest Reports:

“Suffering from Depression” – 2013   [360]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2014   [649]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2015   [794]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2016   [721]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2017   [714]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2018   [673]

“Suffering from Depression” – 2019   [715]


Inquests 2020