Staffordshire mum who tragically killed herself found dead by her sister, inquest hears — (The Birmingham Mail)

SSRI Ed note: Trainee nurse given antidepressants by GP loses job, has relationship problems, dies by suicide.

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The Birmingham Mail

By Phil Corrigan

Trainee nurse Rachael Banks had lost her job before she died

The 32-year-old, who was training to be a nurse, had been experiencing difficulties in her relationship and had lost her job before she died. She was discovered dead by her sister who let herself into Rachael’s home after not hearing back from her, StokeonTrentLive reports.

An inquest into her death heard she was rushed to hospital but medics could not save her on January 29. A post-mortem examination found fatal levels of prescription medicines in Rachael’s blood.

The mother-of-one had previously told her GP about having suicidal thoughts and was given prescribed anti-depressants. Assistant coroner for North Staffordshire Sukhdev Garcha recorded Mr Garcha recorded a conclusion of suicide following an inquest at Stoke Town Hall.

The inquest heard that Rachael had recently experienced a number of problems in her life, including relationship issues with an ex-partner and losing her job. On January 28, she sent a message to her sister Gemma Banks in which she said she was going to kill herself. Gemma went to see Rachael and they talked about her relationship problems.

The next morning Gemma went round to the house again after Rachael had failed to respond to messages. She let herself into the property in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, using her spare key, and found her sister.

Paramedics and police attended and Rachael was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police officers, who recovered three notes written by Rachael prior to her death, concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Garcha recorded a conclusion of suicide. He told the court that he has satisfied that, on the balance of probabilities, Rachael had intended to take her own life.