A SOUTHAMPTON student who unexpectedly took his own life could have suffered from a condition known as “imposter syndrome”, a grieving dad has told an inquest.

Adam Lindley, 23, was found hanged in the New Forest after disappearing from his halls of residence 10 days earlier.

The 23-year-old had no reported mental health issues and had not told loved ones of his intention to take his life.

It was only when police searched his student room that they found a handwritten will and a note with the word “sorry” in big letters.

A search on Mr Lindley’s computer also revealed he had researched the New Forest and a method of suicide days before his death.

Speaking at an inquest, Mr Lindley’s dad, Peter, believed he could have developed imposter syndrome – a condition where people see their success as a result of luck rather than ability.

Mr Lindley said: “He was exceptionally talented but he couldn’t see it.

“[People with imposter syndrome] are successful but they think they are in that position through luck.”

His disappearance came just two weeks after he had started a masters degree in marine biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton.

Police found texts to his friends in which he described his course as “savagely hard”.

He was also revealed to be in a “heated” argument with the Australian authorities over a £3,500 tax rebate, having returned from travelling.

He was reported missing on October 22, but was last seen at his halls on October 14, when police believe he cycled to the New Forest.

His body was found in woodlands near Lymington by a passer-by on October 24.

Coroner Simon Burge ruled Mr Lindley’s death as a suicide.

He said: “What is tragic here is there were friends and family who if Adam had reached out to would have helped him.

“The one small crumb of positivity is that by the press reporting this investigation that someone who reads it might just think before doing something that is irreversible.”

A university spokesperson said it took the wellbeing of students “very seriously”.

The spokesperson added: "We take the wellbeing of our students very seriously and provide a wide range of excellent support, from help during times of crisis, to advice on financial matters.

"We encourage any students experiencing difficulties to get in touch with Enabling Services at the University, who can direct them to the most appropriate service.

"Our halls based Student Life team is available 24 hours a day for all students and the University’s First Support team can help those dealing with a crisis or difficulty in their life.

"In addition, the Students’ Union runs Nightline, a confidential listening and information service, which is open from 8pm to 8am, seven days a week during term time.”