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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mental illness led to woman’s death

A WOMAN found hanged at her home did not commit suicide, an inquest has heard.

An inquest held yesterday heard how Janis Colvin was found hanged in her home in Kirkby on December 19 last year.

Mrs Colvin, 62, who had a history of depression and anxiety, was found dead by her husband Stuart after he returned from a shopping trip.

The couple had been married for 27 years.

Mr Colvin said despite his wife being troubled with depression and anxiety throughout the time he had known her, she had never spoken of harming herself.

Dr Andrew Wilson, Mrs Colvin’s GP, said Mrs Colvin had responded positively to changes in medication and did not show any side effects.

On December 19, Mr Colvin was due to go to a rugby match which was cancelled because of poor weather, so he suggested spending the day walking with his wife.

But she urged him to visit relatives and visit Booths supermarket.

Mr Colvin said, following two deaths in autumn last year, his wife’s condition began to deteriorate.

He said: “We went to holiday to Oman in May and she was very happy there.

“However, subsequent to us returning my best friend died and there was another loss later on in the year.

“Things started to go wrong and she suffered with depression around October.”

South and East Cumbria coroner, Ian Smith, recorded a narrative verdict.

He said: “I am not going to record a verdict of suicide.

“She died as a consequence of her own actions whilst suffering from severe mental illness.

“Mental illness is still misunderstood by most people. I wish it could be got across to the public that having mental health problems is just the same as having a dodgy heart.

“Suicide involves two things; an action to lead to your own death and being in control of mental faculties. In this instance Mrs Colvin was taken over by this depression.

“Depression decided what she was going to do.”

Mrs Colvin’s family said: “She was the most enjoyable, friendly, out-going, lovable mother, friend and wife and she will be dearly missed.”

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