Wife found depressed man hanged
A HARD-working solicitor took his own life after battling depression, an inquest heard.
Stephen Taylor, 31, was found hanging in the hallway of his home on Alma Road, Clifton, by his wife Catherine on June 3.
An inquest into his death, at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court, heard he had been given all the help his family and medical services could offer in the months and years leading up to his death.
Mr Taylor, who had taken only two days' holiday all year, had been off work suffering from anxiety and depression, but was taking his medication up to the day he died. He had also been to see a psychiatrist about his mental state.
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The hearing was told Mrs Taylor found her husband after returning home from work when he had failed to answer the flat's phone or his mobile numerous times.
The post mortem examination carried out by pathologist Newton Wong concluded Mr Taylor died from asphyxiation.
Assistant deputy coroner Terry Moore said: "The one thing he did have was constant support from his wife and his family."
He said blood tests showed he had been taking his medication.
Mr Moore said: "Nevertheless, I conclude that deep within him he had something his wife referred to – a deep fear, a very real fear to him, that might not feel logical to us."
He concluded that Mr Taylor had committed suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed.
● Most people who are thinking of taking their own life have given warning signs beforehand. These can include becoming depressed or withdrawn, sudden changes in behaviour or mood, and feelings of hopelessness.
These feelings do improve and can be treated.
If you need help or are concerned about someone, please contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 day or night.