Woman's cry for help

AN Ackworth woman who was suffering from depression may have hung herself as a cry for help, an inquest heard.

Joanne Murgatroyd, 29, of The Orchards, had a history of depression after she was treated for breast cancer in May 2003.

A report by Dr Elizabeth Millar, consultant psychiatrist at Fieldhead Hospital, Wakefield, said Mrs Mugatroyd, an NHS clerical officer, had made various attempts of self harm but would tell her family when she had such thoughts and had said on a number of occasions that she wanted to get better.

On December 16 her husband Adrian had supervised her medication as normal and then left for work. He made unsuccessful attempts of contacting her during the day and when he returned home he found her suspended by a ligature attached to a staircase banister.

Assistant deputy coroner Mary Burke said: “She had no suicidal intent and stated clearly that she wanted to get better. When she did, or threaten to self harm, this could be interpreted as a cry for help.

“I am not satisfied that she was in such a mental state to genuinely intend to destroy her life.”

An open verdict was recorded.