Depressed man hanged himself
A DEPRESSED man with a history of self-harm and suicidal tendencies was found hanged in a communal bin store.
Anthony Mark Harrison, aged 47, was found by Adrian Shepherd, a resident of Allenby Court in Clayton, Newcastle, at 8.05am on December 27 last year.
An inquest held at North Staffordshire Coroners' Court in Hartshill yesterday, heard Mr Harrison had been living with a friend, Philip Drage, in the same block of flats since his release from prison in early December.
Mr Drage said Mr Harrison had issues with his ex-partner which made him very upset.
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"He never mentioned he wanted to kill himself, but I knew he was depressed," said Mr Drage.
He last saw Mr Harrison on December 26 before he went to stay with friends.
The inquest heard Mr Shepherd went to put some rubbish in the outside bin at about 8.05am on December 27.
"The outside bin area is a brick building," said Mr Shepherd.
"I saw the doors were shut and thought that was unusual as they would have to be shut from the inside."
He looked inside and saw a man's body suspended from the ceiling.
Mr Shepherd called the emergency services who arrived in minutes but Mr Harrison was already dead.
Scenes of Crime officer Andrew Johnson said there was no evidence of any struggle.
The inquest heard a note was found near Mr Harrison's body.
Another was found on his bed at Mr Drage's flat along with a holdall and a kitchen knife.
The notes stated Mr Harrison could not go on with his life due to alcoholism and depression.
Dr Richard Hayward, based at Highland Surgery, Newcastle, stated Mr Harrison was always very open abut his drug and alcohol abuse.
The first mention of low moods and antidepressants was in 2008 – but he had no record of any previous self-harm.
However consultant psychiatrist Dr Derrett Watts, of the Edward Myers Unit, stated that Mr Harrison was referred to the mental health team in 2003 after evidence of an overdose.
He was admitted to Harplands Hospital in that year.
And in 2007 Mr Harrison was assessed under the Mental Health Act and there was evidence of a further overdose.
He was admitted to the Edward Myers unit in March 2008 for a detoxification programme and again to Harplands in April 2009.
The hearing heard Mr Harrison left the ward on one occasion with a bag strap.
In July 2010 he was again referred to the Edward Myers Unit and in late 2010 he was not using alcohol and his methadone prescription was reduced.
But the inquest heard when Mr Harrison was seen in February 2011 his mood was very low and he thought of committing suicide.
And in November last year he had thoughts of jumping off a bridge. It appeared he was not using alcohol on his release from prison last December and there was no evidence of any alcohol in a toxicology report.
Dr Watts's report concluded: "During the last month of his life he reported no use of alcohol or opiates except his methadone prescription."
David James, assistant deputy coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, concluded Mr Harrison killed himself.
"He had a history of difficulties with alcohol, with drugs, with mental health issues, compounded by his personal and emotional problems in his life," he said.
"There is evidence of suicide tendencies, evidence of a suggestion of previous attempts on his life."