Man hanged himself after stopping medication

A 35-YEAR-old man hanged himself at his Bulwell home after failing to take his anti-depressant medication, an inquest heard.

Clive Birley was found dead at his house on Austin Street by his girlfriend, Rebecca Clarke, at 5.40 pm on Monday May 12 last year.

He left an envelope at the house with the words 'the time has come' written on it.

The Nottingham inquest heard his mother, Gillian Saunders, describe him as "a happy-go-lucky chap with lots of friends and a good job".

But she added that he had suffered from bouts of depression, which started at the age of 16 when his girlfriend at the time cheated on him.

She said that problems with relationships later in his life also triggered depression.

Miss Clarke described Mr Birley as "friendly and interested in getting to know people". She said he was open about his depression.

On the day Mr Birley died, he drove Miss Clarke to work, gave her a kiss and told her he loved her

Pc Naomi Bolton confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances and the Nottinghamshire Coroner, Dr Nigel Chapman, recorded a verdict that Mr Birley took his own life.

The inquest heard that In March last year, Mr Birley contacted his mother and told her he had been signed off from work.

He went to stay with her in Boston, Lincolnshire but he was so anxious when he arrived that he was taken to a Lincolnshire hospital and placed on medication. The next morning, he broke down in tears and admitted that he had attempted to commit suicide.

Mr Birley was referred to the psychiatric health team in Nottingham and saw community psychiatric nurse Elizabeth Garner.

She told the inquest he was still having suicidal thoughts but was learning techniques to deal with them.

He had an appointment to see a specialist the day after he died but rescheduled it because he was hoping to go on holiday.

"Although he was still having suicidal thoughts, I was satisfied he had no intent to act on them," said Miss Garner.

Mrs Saunders said she felt her son had been let down because he didn't get treatment as quickly as he should have.

But Miss Garner said that although his referral was non-urgent, he was seen a lot sooner than is normal.

The inquest heard that the day before he died, Mr Birley was feeling distressed after an argument with his girlfriend.

He contacted his mum, who said: "He said that he was coming home but he never came home."

Dr Chapman offered his sympathies to Mr Birley's family and friends.