A former nurse committed suicide by stabbing herself, an inquest heard.

Jane Rogers, 46, was found in the bath at her Hampshire home by her 13-year-old son after he returned from school.

Paramedics were called and tried to resuscitate the divorced mum-of-one, but she had bled to death some hours before.

No note was found but she had a history of mental illness, Winchester Coroner’s Court was told.

She had previously taken six overdoses and tried to self-inflict stab wounds, and as a result been admitted to a psychiatric hospital three times in 2009 and 2011.

The inquest heard that Ms Rogers was divorced but living with a man and his son as well as her own son when she died at her home in Maple Drive, Kings Worthy, on February 23.

Dr Stefan Gleeson, a psychiatrist for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said she was taking medication and had received psychotherapy for depression and anxiety.

Dr Gleeson said Ms Rogers suffered from a “ongoing feeling of worthlessness” and stress factors included open heart surgery as a baby and adult.

He told the inquest: “She would do better but suddenly deteriorate.”

Ms Rogers was referred to a community mental health crisis team because of concerns for her welfare and they kept in touch daily either by phone or with a visit in the days before her death.

Dr Gleeson said the team did risk assessments and were the “gatekeepers” for emergency admission to psychiatric hospital.

On the day before she died, Ms Rogers was seen by a psychologist who reported she was feeling better.

Dr Adnan Al-Badri, a consultant pathologist at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, who conducted a post-mortem examination, said there was no alcohol in her blood or evidence of a drugs overdose.

Dr Al-Badri said Ms Rogers had undergone surgery for a hole in her heart and a valve replacement but “internally she was fit and healthy”.

He found just a single stab wound and that she had bled to death.

Central Hampshire deputy coroner Simon Burge concluded Ms Rogers took her own life after a sudden deterioration in her mental health.