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Suicidal Lord warned medics he would jump
A tormented aristocrat told a nurse he ‘could jump from Beachy Head’ just a week before he plunged to his death from a tower block, an inquest heard on Wednesday.
Lord Milo Douglas told his GP’s nurse he was feeling suicidal and had considered how he might kill himself.
‘After having questioned him, he said he felt suicidal,’ said Louise Farmery. ‘When a person says they are depressed, we do ask questions if they have any ideas of suicide to elicit how serious the depression is.
‘He said he could jump off Beachy Head.’
Lord Douglas, the son of the 12th Marquess of Queensbury, had a history of depression and mental health problems, suffering from bi-polar disorder.
Ms Farmery said she referred the 34-year-old to the Crisis Resolution Team for Westminster, a service his GP Dr Daya Silva later described as ‘absolutely useless’.
Telling the hearing about her son’s dealings with the mental health team, Lady Alexandra Queensberry said: ‘As he got more and more desperate, he confided he increasingly felt he had chosen the method of suicide.
‘But he further told them that he would jump from a high building and the following day he said he had earmarked the building to jump from.
‘His copious notes written in his last weeks, his concerns about his medication and inadequate psychiatric help, expressed in his lucid and scrupulously polite letters, are a testament to how hard he was trying to help himself survive.’
Lord Douglas was found dead at the foot of a nine-storey block of flats in Bayswater, a few miles from his Maida Hill home in west London in July last year.
A spokesman for Central and North West London Trust said it could not comment while the hearing was taking place.
The inquest continues at Westminster coroner’s court