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Coroner’s warning after daughter finds tragic Derbyshire mum hanged

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A tragic mum with a long history of mental health problems killed herself and was found by her daughter, an inquest heard.

Louise White, 46, was found hanged at her home on Homeley Lane, Dronfield, after drinking a “considerable amount” of alcohol, Chesterfield coroners’ court was told last Wednesday.

The inquest heard Ms White, a manager at the Department for Work and Pensions in Sheffield, had suffered from postnatal depression ever since the birth of her daughter, Charlotte.

Charlotte, a university student, was praised by the coroner for her bravery in making a statement soon after her mother’s death late on Monday, July 22 last year.

The statement, which was read out in court, said: “When I’d been coming home from university, mum had been manifesting some degree of upset.

“At about 9pm I went out with some friends – mum was drinking and she seemed happy.

“I got home at 11.20pm and went into the house and wondered where mum was.”

Charlotte later found her mother hanged.

She alerted paramedics but divorced Ms White was sadly pronounced dead.

Ms White’s mother, Janet Procter, told the inquest her daughter had “gone on a downward spiral” and was drinking “a lot” ahead of her death. She had previously tried to hang herself.

However, Mrs Proctor said her daughter “seemed fine” in the hours leading up to her death and was looking forward to going on holiday to Turkey with a friend as well as decorating her house.

Coroner Paul McCandless said: “People with mental health problems can be adept at masking how they’re really feeling and thinking.”

He concluded Ms White took her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed.

• For more information about mental health problems and the support services on offer, visit www.mind.org.uk. If you want someone to speak to in confidence, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

 

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