Patient with depression found hanged, inquest told — (The Teesside Gazette)

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The Teesside Gazette

By Teesside Live

10:55, 18 JUN 2009   Updated04:23, 14 MAY 2013

A PSYCHOLOGIST with a history of depression was found hanged in a Teesside mental health ward, an inquest heard.

Helen Twelftree, 33, was found dead in the Cook Centre of the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on October 4, 2007.

Teesside Coroner’s Court was told yesterday how the clinical psychologist from Oakley Close, Guisborough, had suffered with depression for around three-and-half years.

The inquest heard she had previous episodes of self-harm and was said to suffer parasuicide – sufferers make apparent attempts at suicide but the aim is not death – incidents her husband Nicholas called a “cry for help”.

On October 2 she attended the Minor Injury Unit at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital with her husband.

The inquest heard she had cut her left wrist with a razor blade and taken an overdose of tablets, and she told a member of staff she had created the means to hang herself in her home the day before, but hadn’t gone through with it.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital and later transferred to the medical admissions unit Ward 15, and referred to the deliberate self-harm team.

The inquest heard that on the afternoon of October 3 she was found in the ward with tubing around her neck but was uninjured. She was admitted to the Cook Centre mental health unit of the North Tees University Hospital.

Husband Mr Procter, a chemical engineer, said when his wife was admitted to the Cook Centre, he had been told that she would be under constant supervision. But when he returned on the evening of October 4, she was found dead in her room.

A postmortem report revealed she suffered injuries consistent with hanging.

Mr Procter, said they “had tried a number of different combinations of different drugs” and “dose levels” but “generally there wasn’t a big improvement in her mood.”