“ 'He was prescribed Prozac, which we didn’t know about and were unhappy about, but he seemed to be recovered and had seen a counsellor.' "
Leicester University student found dead at Beachy Head had failed medical exam
Sep 13 2010 by Jonny Greatrex, Sunday Mercury
A YOUNG medical student found dead at a notorious suicide spot had been forced to retake his final year at university after failing an exam.
The body of Matthew Campsall, 23, was discovered after police were called to Beachy Head near Eastbourne, East Sussex.
His devastated family has been left mystified by the tragedy, although the would-be doctor had suffered mild depression after splitting from his girlfriend last year.
Cops say they are not treating the death as suspicious.
Matthew had left his Loughborough home on August 22 in his sliver Toyota Yaris and had told his family that he was returning to the University of Leicester to start the new term.
But a day later his heartbroken parents were informed that his body had been found at Beachy Head.
“Matthew was with us for six weeks before this happened,” his father Steve told the Sunday Mercury. “Even on the day before, he went on a car treasure hunt with his brother and cousin.
“He’d planned everything ahead, the return to college, and had spent a day sorting out his bursary and his loan with his mum.
“The psychiatrist has since told us he has broken all the rules, as there had been no previous attempts at suicide or anything.”
Matthew had suffered depression last year after breaking up with his girlfriend. He had also failed an exam on his tough medical course, meaning he had to resit the year.
“He failed his final year, one of four exams, and had to retake the year, which he was about to start doing,” added Steve, also dad to Nicholas, 25,
“It’s a very tough course. As clever as Matthew was at school – he never got under an A – when he went to medical school it was hard.
“He passed the four years but he had an illness in the fifth year and we think he lost too much time to make up.
“Unfortunately, being a macho boy he wanted to carry on and I think it had taken him into a bad place.
“When his girlfriend left him, he had mild depression but literally just mild depression.
“He was prescribed Prozac, which we didn’t know about and were unhappy about, but he seemed to be recovered and had seen a counsellor.
“The moment you mention those things people start thinking there is more to this. But if you had seen him in the weeks before this… he went on holiday to Yorkshire and with his aunt to Bournemouth.
“The only thing we can think is the failure on the course, but on the other hand 35 people failed this year. As far as we know six or seven of his friends had failed, so he was going to go back with them to retake it.
“But you don’t know what’s happening behind the eyes. We don’t understand why he did it.’’
John Weitzel, deputy headmaster at Loughborough Grammar School, paid tribute to former pupil Matthew, whose inquest is expected later this year.
He said: “Matthew was a most delightful pupil throughout the eight years he was here.
“Mature and courteous at all times, he was a modest student who displayed empathy towards others and so was ideally suited to a career in medicine that was always his dream.
“A fine academic – he achieved straight As in his A-levels – he displayed a full array of talent whilst at the school.
“We are all devastated by his death and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his elder brother, at this awful time.”