'Wonderful' Derbyshire mum took her own life over 'dark psychosis'

A ‘wonderful’ Derbyshire mum took her own life after a mental health battle, an inquest was told.
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Housewife Teresa Fullalove, 42, was discovered at her home in Darley Dale by her aunt and neighbours after they were forced to break into the property.

The cause of death was loss of blood due to lacerations to her neck and wrists with underlying mental health issues.

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The inquest, held at Chesterfield Town Hall, was told London-born Teresa had been diagnosed with depression and psychosis after a number of incidents in her life.

The inquest was heard at Chesterfield Town Hall.The inquest was heard at Chesterfield Town Hall.
The inquest was heard at Chesterfield Town Hall.

These included the loss of her parents, postnatal depression, her business not being the success she had hoped and issues with other mums at the school her boys attended.

Derbyshire’s early intervention team first became aware of Teresa when she was admitted to A&E in October 2017 after a suicide attempt.

Mental health nurse Jenny Froggatt described Teresa as a ‘very proud lady’ who struggled to talk about personal issues and whose mood could change quite suddenly.

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Teresa was discharged from the service in May 2018 but returned to A&E in July 2018 having self-harmed again.

Husband Richard Grundy said the second attempt was ‘very different’ and Teresa was in a ‘very paranoid state’.

“There was a vicious, angry determination which frightened me,” he said.

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Teresa had been prescribed antipsychotic medication, which health professionals said had seemed to improve her outlook ‘in a short space of time’.

However, she had stopped taking them due to side-effects.

Richard said the New Year of 2019 had been ‘very positive’ but Teresa had broken her ankle while walking with family and friends in the Lake District.

On March 5, 2019, Richard had left the home at 10am and Teresa had seemed ‘pretty positive’.

At about noon she was still replying to texts but police received a call at about 3pm to attend the address.

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Recording a verdict of suicide, assistant coroner Tanyka Rawden told the family: “I can’t imagine how difficult the last year has been for you. Teresa sounds like a wonderful mother and I hope the boys have those memories of her.”

Richard said the children had been ‘amazing’ since the loss of their mum.

“They understand as much as they can at their age. It is a shame they won’t benefit from some of the best mothering I have ever seen in my life,” he told the inquest.

“She was one of the most positive, driven people. And when she wanted to do something she threw herself into it with a passion.”

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Whoever you are, however you feel, whatever life has done to you, please remember that you are not alone and help is at hand. You can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 or email them [email protected]. The Samaritans are there all day, every day.

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