First two paragraphs read: “A former Bolton School pupil
who suffered from “dark moods” took a fatal overdose of
anti-depressants, an inquest heard.
Fay Turner died
aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.
‘Dark moods’ of overdose former pupil
27th November 2009
A FORMER Bolton School pupil who suffered from “dark
moods” took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants, an inquest heard.
Fay Turner died aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.
The overdose of prescribed medication was the latest in a number taken by Miss
Turner, who had a history of mental health illnesses including anorexia and
Miss Turner’s father, Philip Turner, of Andrew Lane, Bolton,
described his daughter as a bright girl.
In her early teens she
developed anorexia and was referred to the mental health services for help.
But she left the private school with good GCSE
results, he added.
Mr Turner said: “She was complex, she was very
bright, very perceptive. She did have image problems but at the same time she
was very gregarious and popular.”
Miss Turner dropped out of Turton
School sixth form after doing the first year of her A-level course after her
“mental health deteriorated”.
At the time of her death, she was an art
student at Bolton Community College, with aspirations to go to university to
become a primary school art teacher.
But the inquest heard she would
react to problems in an “impulsive and spontaneous” way and had on previous
occasions called an ambulance after taking an overdose.
On July 20, Miss
Turner was living in Rutland Drive, Bolton, after splitting from her boyfriend,
Ashley Smith, aged 20.
On that day they had a row and, he told the
inquest, he left to go for a walk.
When he arrived back at Rutland Drive
he found empty tablet packets on the floor. He said that when Miss Turner came
downstairs she was acting “really weird, slurring her words and stopping and
She tried to call for an ambulance, but Mr Smith
stepped in and called the emergency services himself. Miss Turner died later in
Assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson, recording an open
verdict, was “not satisfied” she intended to take her life when she took the
He added that despite support from her family, Miss Turner
“acted impulsively and spontaneously to problems that confronted her” when
suffering from “dark moods”.
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