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Inquest hears young Suffolk mum took her own life after battle with postnatal depression

PUBLISHED: 16:59 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 10 April 2017

Beacon House, in Ipswich, where the inquest took place. Picture: SU ANDERSON

Beacon House, in Ipswich, where the inquest took place. Picture: SU ANDERSON

A Suffolk mother-of-one killed herself after suffering from postnatal depression, an inquest has heard.

Katy Drake, 23 and from Bungay, was found hanging by a friend at her home on September 25, 2016.

Her family, including her mother Joanne Drake, raised a number of concerns with police after she died sparking a full investigation.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Bunn from Lowestoft CID told an inquest into her death yesterday that these concerns were explored in great detail.

He described the 23-year-old’s relationship with an on-off boyfriend as “volatile” and said the pair had called the police several times to domestic disputes.

“Katy’s lifestyle can be described as chaotic,” he said.

“She had a volatile relationship with an on-off partner.”

Miss Drake had told her partner she was struggling as a single parent a few months earlier before attempting to kill herself in a supermarket car park, the inquest heard.

She was rushed to hospital afterwards saying it was a cry for help and mental health teams from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) were sent to her home.

The 23-year-old was assessed and told she could contact her GP or mental health outreach teams if she needed help but assistant Suffolk coroner Nigel Parsley said she seemed reluctant to engage.

She had been taking a number of anti-depressants for postnatal depression suffered after the birth of her son but had been struggling to cope, he added.

However, in a Facebook post shared on Miss Drake’s profile just hours before she died, the young mother appeared to be in a happier mood suggesting she wanted to focus on the “good things” in her life such as her family and son.

She also shared plans to go back to college.

Ds Bunn said a former boyfriend had paid Miss Drake a visit in the early hours of September 25 and said he felt once he left she was in a much better mood.

She also confessed to him that she was feeling low.

That afternoon a close friend and a family member called paramedics to her home in Bungay after discovering she had died.

A note was found next to her bed, the inquest heard.

Recording a verdict of suicide and a medical cause of death as hanging, Mr Parsley expressed his condolences to Miss Drake’s family.


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