Dedicated carer took his own life

A HUNTINGDON man, who shut himself away from the outside world to care for his mother until she died, hanged himself, an inquest heard. The hearing on Thursday heard how John Gordon Bradshaw, 53, from St Peter s Road, was found hanging by his brother Bria

A HUNTINGDON man, who shut himself away from the outside world to care for his mother until she died, hanged himself, an inquest heard.

The hearing on Thursday heard how John Gordon Bradshaw, 53, from St Peter's Road, was found hanging by his brother Brian.

Brian Bradshaw told the hearing he was concerned about the new anti-depressants his brother had taken.

He said: "My main concern was the drugs he was prescribed. They had a terrific effect on John. He went from being an active man to a very inactive man. To me, it is unexplainable without the addition of the drugs."


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However, the inquest heard that John Bradshaw had previously attempted suicide in 1998 and 2004.

On the day of his death in July, he was due to have gone to his brother's house.

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When he failed to arrive, his brother went to his house and discovered his body.

John had lived on his own for eight years and worked at Godmanchester One Stop before becoming a carer for his mother. During that time he shut himself away from the outside world and suffered from anxiety. He had started taking the anti-depressant Venlafaxine on the advice of his doctor in August 2004 after admitting himself to hospital.

Giving evidence, Dr Astrid Waterdrinker from Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: "John's depression was quite severe as he committed himself to hospital because he felt he could not keep himself safe."

In recording a verdict that Mr Bradshaw took his own life, Coroner Dr Colin Lattimore said: "It is very sad.

"John was a chap who had suffered from a long history of mental illness. He killed himself while suffering from a depressive illness.

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