Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Able, Intelligent and Devoted - but Depression's Terrible Power Defeated Her; Inquest Told of Sharon's Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Able, Intelligent and Devoted - but Depression's Terrible Power Defeated Her; Inquest Told of Sharon's Tragedy

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Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie,dickinson@trinitymirror.com

EXACTLY what lay behind an inspirational mum's death will never be known, but there was "no conclusive evidence" she intended to kill herself.

An inquest heard Sharon Tenniswood was discovered by family and friends dead in her home on June 12.

Newcastle Coroner's Court heard mum-of-two Ms Tenniswood, who twice beat breast cancer, had been struggling with financial difficulties and the breakdown of her marriage to husband Jason Isaacs.

But in the final months of her life she had been receiving treatment for severe depression, and although at one point she told her doctor she had attempted suicide, she had been attending appointments with mental health professionals. The 48-year-old was known and loved for her role managing her husband's singing career and for her fundraising work for cancer charities.

Giving evidence at the inquest into her death, Dr Sankalpu Basu, community consultant psychiatrist for the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, said Ms Tennniswood was referred to mental health services in April.

At an initial meeting with Dr Basu in May, Ms Tenniswood asked if she should go into hospital.

Dr Basu said: "She had had suicidal thoughts but said she did not want to act on them because she felt she couldn't put her family through that.

"We decided she should start with support from community mental health services.

"No-one can ever be sure whether hospitalisation would have affected the outcome, it's impossible to say whether it could have prevented her from dying."

The inquest heard that Ms Tenniswood was seen several times a week by acute day services until her death on June 12.

Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner Karen Dilks said she could not be certain Ms Tenniswood, 48, of Gosforth, Newcastle, had intended to end her own life.

She said: "The difficulty I have is she had sought help and was engaging fully with the mental health service.

"She engaged with every opportunity presented to her to support her during her difficulty."

Ms Dilks added: "She was extremely intelligent, very able, she managed her husband's career, and had devoted herself to that and her children. …

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