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Coroner to give verdict on why Hannah died
3:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A CORONER will this week deliver his verdict into why a young woman took her own life after being turned down a room in a mental health unit.
Hannah Groves, 20, was found dead at her mum’s home in October last year hours after she was detained in police custody under the Mental Health Act after threatening she wanted to kill herself.
An inquest, held in July, was told how a prison detention officer said he heard a mental health worker describe the woman as a “f........waste of space” and a “time waster” on the day she died.
As reported by the Daily Echo, Hannah’s family believes the promising student would still be alive if her mental illness had been taken seriously.
The inquest heard she had been struggling with her studies, and the coroner’s court heard that an examination of Hannah’s computer found she had searched the Internet with phrases such as “no emotions”, “disassociated identity disorder”, “depersonalisation” and “no feeling”.
The inquest heard how Hannah suffered a severe bout of depression in the fortnight before she was found hanged.
Before this she had never displayed any sign of mental illness.
She was admitted to hospital the week before her death following repeated bids to take her own life – but she was assessed as being fine to return home, the inquest heard.
The threats continued and culminated in her being detained under the Mental Health Act by police on October 22.
Hannah informed officers she wanted to go to Antelope House for treatment, but they were told there was no room there.
The inquest heard she was taken into custody but mental health workers decided not to assess her.
Coroner Keith Wiseman adjourned the inquest to deliver his verdict on August 15, but this was postponed and will be heard on Thursday.
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