Family’s grief over suicide of popular Flintshire man — (The Evening Leader)

SSRI Ed note: Popular young man, bright future, breaks up with girlfriend, is sad, doctor prescribes antidepressants, he hangs himself. Depression blamed. Coroner clueless.

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The Evening Leader

Published Date: 11 November 2008

A POPULAR young Flintshire man with a bright future took his own life after becoming depressed over the breakdown of his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, an inquest heard.

Glyn Tipping, 24, hanged himself in the garage of his family home on Ffordd Glyndwr, Northop in the early hours of July 1.

He was found by his ex-girlfriend, Gemma Wood, who tried to save him.

Recording a verdict of suicide, John Gittins, deputy coroner for north east Wales, said: “He sadly reached the conclusion that his life wasn’t worth living. He got it wrong.

“He quite clearly had a lot to live for and a lot going for him. He had a loving family and it’s very sad that he should choose to end his life in this way.”

Glyn, an aircraft fitter at Airbus in Broughton and former Mold Alun High School pupil, was the youngest of four children.

His parents, Debs and Roland, attended yesterday’s inquest in Flint, along with Miss Wood.

The Flint inquest heard that Glyn was a “popular, strapping young lad” who had recently bought his own house and was in the process of decorating it.

But he became depressed when his relationship with Miss Wood ended in January after more than two years.

He began a course of anti-depressants after his mother, who had become concerned about his state of mind, persuaded him to see a doctor.

He started talking about self harming and, on more than one occasion, family and friends noticed superficial marks and cuts on his neck and wrists.

When they returned home from a holiday in June, his parents noticed a mark on his neck.

Mrs Tipping told the inquest about her son’s mood swings, saying: “Everything was a battle, even trying to get him out of bed.

“He would be like that and then come down an hour later and be completely different and happy.

“I thought it was odd. You don’t go from that to that in the space of an hour.”

On one occasion, just days before Glyn took his own life, he smiled at his mother but she thought the smile was “false.”

Glyn would often call Miss Wood and send her text messages, asking for her back.

Asked to describe her ex-boyfriend’s personality, she said: “He was just a comedian really. He kept a lot bottled up.”

On the night of his death, Glyn had been to the pub.

A post-mortem later found that he had taken three times the recommended dose of anti-depressants.

This, combined with the alcohol, affected his state of mind.

Gemma had seen him in the pub earlier that night, and thought he had seemed “OK”.

He called and texted Miss Wood at around 2am and she went to his house but found him hanging in the garage.

Miss Wood and Glyn’s father made desperate attempts to save him, but the coroner said there was nothing they could have done.

His parents found a note in the house several days later.

Offering his condolences to all concerned, Mr Gittins added: “He was a bright, capable young lad with a bright future ahead of him. He had a
lot to look forward to.”

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