Hanged Teen’s Family Tragedy — (The Mirror)

SSRI Ed note: Teen mourning cousin prescribed antidepressants, is suicidal, hangs himself. Foster Dad shocked, suicide not part of "his make-up".

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The Mirror

By Mirror.co.uk

00:00, 8 NOV 2006  UPDATED14:23, 21 FEB 2012

A TEEN found hanged had been treated for depression after the suicide of his cousin and his girlfriend, an inquest was told yesterday.

His GP said a year before Stephen Michael McComb, 19, was found hanging at a flat off the Antrim Road in North Belfast, he had displayed suicidal tendencies, was on antidepressants and had seen a psychiatrist.

Dr Carl Cummings asked him about suicide but Stephen replied he had “no plans but occasional thoughts”.

His cousin, Michael McComb, hanged himself after failing to come to terms with the death of his sister Debbie who was killed by car thieves.

Three months later the cousin’s girlfriend Fiona Barnes also hanged herself.

Stephen’s foster father Alan McComb said: “We have great difficulty is accepting this as no part of this is part of Stephen’s make up.

This is a million miles from Stephen.”