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Ex-Pendle Council worker found hanged suffered depression
2:59pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A FORMER Pendle Council worker was found hanged a day after being released from hospital, an inquest heard.
Lewis Chatwood’s body was discovered at his home in The Galleries, Nelson, on December 11 last year.
The 24-year-old, originally from Accrington, had suffered from depression following the death of his mother, Kim, in April 2007.
He was admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on December 8 after taking an overdose of paracetamol and the anti-psychotic drug olanzapine.
Following examination by ward nurses and a mental health liaison practitioner, he was discharged on December 10.
His uncle, Terry Wilding, told Burnley Coroner’s Court he felt Mr Chatwood had been assessed and released ‘far too early’.
Mental health nurse Lisa-Ann Preen said she had visited Mr Chatwood on the morning of his death and found him to be ‘absolutely fine’. She said: “He came over very well, his mood was on a level. I left with no concerns. He was pleased he was out of hospital and had plans to visit the Sunday markets with his uncle.”
Recording a verdict of suicide when unwell, East Lancashire Coroner Richard Taylor said: “Lewis gave convincing reasons that he was all right, but clearly he wasn’t.”
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