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Depressed man from Southampton took his own life
12:20pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A MAN who suffered from depression took his own life after several failed attempts, an inquest heard.
Police found Steven Tizard dead in his fume-filled yellow Suzuki car, parked at St Denys railway station.
His mother had raised the alarm that he had gone missing and she feared that he would kill himself.
Southampton Coroner’s Court heard that the 49-year-old, of Sandringham Road, Southampton, was known to the mental health service due to several attempts to take his own life in the past and that an investigation by Southern Health found that his suicide risk was “not sufficiently recognised”.
As a result, several recommendations were made to ensure that staff are more pro-active when dealing with patients who are known to be a potential risk, as well as ensuring that full and detailed records are kept when decisions about a patient’s care are made.
Detective Sergeant Kate Gunson told the hearing that Mr Tizard’s mother, Valerie Tizard, reported her son missing on that afternoon of January 4 and that his body was found in the early hours of January 5. A post-mortem examination revealed that he was 1.9 times the drinkdrive limit and that the direct cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.
Coroner Keith Wiseman said that he had “absolutely no doubt” that Mr Tizard intended to take his own life.
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