ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 18 Year Old: England

Paragraph nine reads:  “Dean was receiving psychiatric
help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.”

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Castleford: Bullied teen hangs himself

Published
Date:
26 November 2009
A bullied Castleford teenager was found hanged at
his home with lyrics from a hardcore rock song scrawled on his arm.
Tragic
Dean Booth, 18, was found by his horrified mum hanging from a loft hatch. He had
placed a computer cord around his neck.

From the age of 15 he was
tormented by school bullies and developed depression and anger management
issues.

Speaking at an inquest into his death, grieving mum Margaret said
she believed this was a cry for help and he had not intended to kill
himself.

The trainee auctioneer, from Castleford had written the words
‘Bestrafe Mich’ – German for ‘Punish Me’ on his arms – lyrics from German rock
band Rammstein.

The hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday
heard he had tried to hang himself on several previous occasions, and even tried
to hurl himself in front of cars to escape his tormentors.

Margaret’s
statement read: “Since earlier this year, he had started scratching his arm,
causing superficial marks. About a week before he died he injured his arm with a
nail gun. I couldn’t say whether this was intentional or an
accident.

“This was a cry for help rather than intending to take his own
life.”

She added he had been singled out by bullies at Castleford High
School. On September 15, they had visited a takeaway before going to bed at
11.30pm. She found him hanging at 6.30am the next morning.

Dean was
receiving psychiatric help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.

A post-mortem examination
found he had 121mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which would have had a
“significant effect on his moodset and cognitive skills”.

Recording an
open verdict, Coroner Mary Burke said: “His past attempts to harm himself had
always followed the use of alcohol. In May there was an incident when he had
been out drinking and tried to jump in front of cars.

“His response when
asked why he had done this is that he had no memory of doing it. So at the time,
and subsequently, he didn’t realise what he was doing.

“Clearly he was
under the influence of alcohol on the day of his death. Based on the evidence I
am not clear or sure what Dean’s intentions were at the time and I’m certainly
not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Dean intended to take his own
life.”

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