Depressed man took his life the day after being sent home from hospital, inquest told

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Richmond)

A MAN who shot himself the day after being sent home from hospital after suffering a psychotic episode, an inquest heard

Colin Mackenzie Dallas was found at home in Hampsthwaite, near Harrogate, by wife Isobel just after 9am on Sunday, May 13, with a gun shot injury.

The 64-year-old had suffered with depression and anxiety since 2004, but Mrs Dallas said the bouts were not always severe.

But in July 2011, he was prescribed with anti-depressants – and until his death the prescription was changed several times because he was unhappy with the side effects.

His wife told the Richmond inquest that he often  lowered or stopped taking his prescription.

In the days before his death, Mr Dallas increasingly  suffering from psychotic attacks and paranoid delusions.

On Saturday, May 12, Mrs Dallas took her husband to Accident and Emergency at Harrogate District Hospital where she told staff he had been suffering from psychotic episodes.

He  was assessed by doctors and a mental health nurse and it was decided he should be sent home and referred to the Intensive Home Treatment Team.

Senior nurse Catherine Sudron said Mr Dallas did not display any signs that he was a risk to himself or others and did not have a history of self harm.

Coroner Geoff Hall recorded a verdict of suicide and said the failure of Mr Dallas to take his anti-depressants was a contributory factor.

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12:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

vercingetorix says...

This man was clearly let down by the health service.......and now its his fault ?
This man was clearly let down by the health service.......and now its his fault ? vercingetorix
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