Audley teenager hanged herself hours after leaving psychiatric hospital, inquest heard

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A teenager from Audley killed herself just hours after leaving a psychiatric hospital, an inquest heard.

Rosemary Pedley, 15, was found hanging by her father in her bedroom at her home in Wereton Road, Audley, on February 12 2016, North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court heard.

The inquest heard Rosemary had a history of depression and self-harm and had been on the sort of anti-depressants usually prescribed for adults.

Rosemary had spent time at the Darwin Mental Health Hospital in Penkhull and had often returned home to see her parents and attend school.

The inquest heard Rosemary came home from the centre on February 11, 2016, to attend school the next day, but was found dead the following morning.

Father Ivor Pedley said: “I never truly realised until around two years ago about Rosemary’s mental health, she often said she felt sad and angry but never knew why.”

Claire Cooper, a counsellor who worked with Rosemary described the teenager as being mature and bright.

Dr Patrick Clarke, consultant in Child Mental Health at the Darwin Centre said medics had tried a number of treatments to help Rosemary, including drugs and therapy.

He told the inquest: “Everyone from the centre has been affected by Rosemary’s death and we’ve all been evaluating our judgements and actions, but I don’t think there was any way we, or the family could have foreseen what happened.

“She seemed to be improving and said she felt a lot better.”

Pathologist Dr Mark Stevens, who carried out the post-mortem examination, gave the cause of Rosemary’s death as hanging.

North Staffordshire Senior Coroner Ian Smith recorded a conclusion of suicide.

He told the hearing: “I’ve been here since 2003. Rose is the only case of suicide under the age of 20 I can think of.

“She left no note, but there’s no hesitation in my mind that she took her own life. But ‘Why?’ is the million-dollar question.

“Why she felt in such a dark place is beyond anyone’s comprehension.

“All one can do now is look back and remember the good times.”

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