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By Graeme Wilkinson
16:21, 29 JAN 2018
After a failed overdose she had set up a charity to help people with mental health issues like herself
A mum who dedicated her life to helping people with depression was found dead at a popular Cornish beauty spot.
Corinne Jane Leatherbarrow, 48, set up a charity to help people struggling with depression, something which she herself suffered from since she was a teenager.
The mum-of-two went missing in October last year and police later found her car parked at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula.
The inquest in Truro was told that her body was found at the base of cliffs, about a mile from the cove car park. She had died as a result of multiple injuries after falling from the cliff edge.
Tests revealed she had drunk a large amount of alcohol, the equivalent of being three-times over the drink drive limit.
Mrs Leatherbarrow had moved to the Falmouth area earlier last year from Windsor. The inquest heard evidence from Jane Perera, a psychiatrist who treated Mrs Leatherbarrow when she lived in Berkshire.
She said Mrs Leatherbarrow tried to take an overdose in 2014 after years struggling with depression and post-natal depression. She said Mrs Leadbarrow had responded well to treatment at the time.
She and her husband Mike Leatherbarrow had set up a charity called UP Windsor, which helps people with mental health issues. She was also heavily involved with a group called Windsor Street Angels, which helps people stay safe at night time.
The family moved to Cornwall in March 2017 and Dr Perera said she had been back in touch last year saying she had relapsed and felt terrible, suffering from depression and anxiety.
Dr Perera said she was upset to hear of her death and added: “She was a young woman who always struggled to feel good, even when she was doing good.”
Windsor Street Angles said on its web page: “Corinne Leatherbarrow was an amazing person and a true asset to Street Angels and for several years had managed our website and Facebook page as well as bringing in essential funds.
“Corinne cared greatly about the work of Street Angels and truly embodied the ethos behind our project − to offer help to those who need it when they need it most. Our thoughts remain with Corinne’s family and friends. It is safe to say that we will never forget her.”