Money worries led to suicide
July 08, 2010
A woman who suffered from depression for a number of years took her own life after financial worries escalated her condition, a coroner has ruled.
Sarah Collins, 54, hanged herself at her home in Lake End Way, Crowthorne, on Sunday, April 11.
She was found by her partner, John Davies, who used a carpet knife free her but was too late to save her life.
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford revealed Ms Collins had been on medication for depression and anxiety since 1997 – a revelation which surprised her family – at an inquest in Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, July 1.
Looking at her medical records, Mr Bedford said her condition had worsened after she was made redundant two years ago.
Her dad Ivan Collins said: “I’m surprised at the length of time she was on medication. We didn’t know that.”
In the months before her death Ms Collins had taken an overdose and self-harmed although she claimed her overdose was an impulsive act and that she regretted it according to a report made by a psychiatrist.
Mr Bedford said: “From the evidence I will conclude that sadly Sarah took her own life but I will add that this occurred while she was suffering from depression.”