Teacher’s tragic death was suicide — (The Rutland and Stamford Mercury)

SSRI Ed note: Teacher, depressed and suicidal while on antidepressants, has distorted self-image. In January he decides to wean himself off antidepressants, in June he dies by suicide.

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The Rutland and Stamford Mercury

16:50 Thursday 01 December 2005

A POPULAR PE teacher was so depressed about his looks despite having plastic surgery that he killed himself with painkillers. Jason Rollin, 33, a teacher at Queen Eleanor Technology College, in Stamford, was found dead at his parents’ home in Barnsley in Yorkshire in June. He had had “numerous operations” on his nose and chin, and told his GP he was unable to look in a mirror and intended to kill himself an inquest in Barnsley heard.

He was immediately referred to a mental health team in Stamford, where he told a worker he had undergone surgery on his nose two weeks earlier, but felt it had made no difference. Deputy coroner Judith Naylor said a second appointment was arranged for the next day, a Saturday, but in the morning Jason cancelled it, saying he was going to see his parents in Barnsley, even though they were abroad.

He went to their home and after giving his brother Craig a lift into town, took a quantity of coproxamol tablets which he had ordered over the internet. In a statement to the court Craig said he found his brother’s fully-clothed body in the bathroom when he returned the next day. Two notes were found. The court heard Jason told his doctor that he accepted his appearance was normal, but he was unable to look at himself in the mirror.

He had a history of depression and had seriously considered killing himself on three occasions. But despite seeing counsellors over the past five years he never admitted the problem was his image, until his final visit to his GP, Ms Naylor said. She said he enjoyed his job and lived with friends in Stamford who were unaware of his problems. His parents Barry and Maureen were supportive and he did not abuse drink or drugs, and in January he decided to wean himself off anti-depressants.
Recording a verdict of suicide, she said: “Jason Rollin was a young man who seemed blighted by depression and anxiety. “He had sought help in the past and recognised that in the early part of June he was reaching a crisis point. He sought help from his GP but it seemed clear he intended to take his own life.” Jason graduated from Birmingham University before working at Robert Manning Technology College in Bourne from 1996 to June, 2003. He moved to Queen Eleanor in September of that year. Speaking after the inquest, Queen Eleanor headteacher Neil Oxborrow said: “Jason still remains in the thoughts of everybody at the school and is sorely missed.” Since his death his parents have donated a shield to be presented annually to the most improved student in physical education, proving a lasting testament.”