Dad found hanged after losing job and battling ‘lifestyle issues’

A dad tragically took his own life after losing his job and battling “lifestyle issues”.

Robert Nigel Leat, known as Rob, was found dead at his ex-partner’s house on West Terrace, New Marske, on February 1.

A hearing at Teesside Coroner’s Court heard how issues had “come to a head” despite the efforts of the 49-year-old’s “supportive family”.

An inquest was held on Monday to determine the circumstances surrounding Mr Leat’s death which was attended by four women.

Coroner Karin Welsh told how Mr Leat had gone to a property on West Terrace the “home of his estranged partner”.

However, he was later found hanged.

A post mortem conducted by Dr Batterchargi confirmed Mr Leat, of Cliff Street, New Marske, died as a result of hanging.

Ms Welsh said Mr Leat had “struggled with lifestyle issues over the years”.

She added: “Things had come to a head recently.

“He had lost his job and it had impacted on his relationship.”

The inquest also heard Mr Leat, who was born in Scotland, had previously engaged with mental health services due to “instances of self-harm“.

Mr Leat had a “supportive family” who had “tried to get help for him over the years”.

The assistant coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool recorded a conclusion of suicide.

How to access support if you need it

Helplines and support groups

The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines and support networks for people to talk to.

  • Samaritans (116 123 in UK and Ireland) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
  • Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity based in England providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.

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