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Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk
Monday 5 Jun 2017 12:19 pm
Paige Chester was mourning the death of her mother (Picture: SWNS)
A young woman took her own life as she struggled to come to terms with the death of her mother.
An inquest in Maidstone, Kent, heard that 21-year-old Paige Chester was battling with depression in the wake of her mother’s death last November.
She had left a note that read: ‘I need my mum.’
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Paige first told her doctor she was feeling down last October due to the stress of work and caring for her disabled mother Mandy.
Following her mum’s death, Paige stopped working as an admin assistant and went back to her GP, who arranged bereavement support.
She had also moved house in Maidstone and was living alone for the first time in her life.
Paige struggled with depression after her mum’s death (Picture: SWNS)
In the following months, Paige returned to her GP on a number of occasions and reported feeling anxious and suicidal. She was prescribed antidepressants, and the mental health crisis team got involved.
Then in January, after she and her boyfriend broke up, Paige took two overdoses of medication within three days. The second of these led to her being hospitalised for three days.
But by the end of the month she had said she was feeling a bit better, and that she was preparing to go back to work. She had no more involvement with the health services.
‘I need my mum’ (Picture: SWNS)
After a night out in early March, Paige came home in high spirits. She ordered pizza and spent the night with a friend, who left early the next morning.
But the following day Paige’s sister Shannon and two friends went to her house, after she failed to turn up at work and hadn’t been active online.
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Paige was discovered shortly before 2pm. She had hanged herself.
A note found at the property said: ‘I love my family so much and I have tried but I need my mum. I’m so sorry, I love you forever.’
Describing it as a ‘very, very sad case’, Assistant Coroner Ketrina Hepburn recorded a verdict of suicide.