Redundancy results in tragedy for Stockton worker — (Evening Gazette)

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by Evening Gazette

 A 47-YEAR-OLD man committed suicide shortly after he was made redundant, an inquest has heard.
Nigel Hall was found hanged in his garage on Dovedale Road, Stockton on July 13, 2011 Teesside Coroner’s Court heard yesterday. The court was told that Mr Hall contacted his GP in June after he was left feeling upset and anxious following his redundancy on May 31. Dr Nigel Robson from Norton Medical Centre on Billingham Road, Norton told the court that antidepressants were prescribed for Mr Hall. This dosage increased when Mr Hall contacted the surgery on another occasion. And when he expressed suicidal thoughts at another appointment Dr Robson referred him to Stockton Crisis Team. After some intensive treatment Mr Hall’s suicide risk was lowered. Dr Kaushik Dasputa who conducted a post mortem examination said Mr Hall had died from hanging. A toxicology report showed there was no alcohol or illegal drugs in Mr Hall’s blood. Assistant deputy Teesside coroner Clare Bailey said: “It is clear to me that Mr Hall was struggling to come to terms with a major life event his redundancy and the prospect of state benefits.” She said police had found nothing suspicious surrounding Mr Hall’s death and added that she was satisfied he had taken his own life.