Mum just struggled to cope inquest told
was referred to mental health services.
But Mrs Highton, who had began to struggle with alcohol, was later discharged from the service after it was judged less suitable for her at the time. Instead she was referred to alcohol dependency services.
The court heard Mrs Highton had fallen into debt and that some of her bills had not been paid.
On the evening before she was found dead, Mrs Highton had given her daughter a picture frame with the slogan ‘always wear your invisible tiara.’
The girl noticed her mother looked sad but Mrs Highton assured her daughter that she was OK.
A few hours later Mrs Highton was found hanged by her husband. The inquest heard how emergency services attempted to revive Mrs Highton but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem concluded she had died as a result of asphyxia from hanging.
Alcohol at a level equal to six pints of beer and sertraline at a level slightly above a therapeutic dose were found in her blood.
Concluding that Mrs Highton had taken her life, Assistant Coroner Peter Merchant said: “This was an intentional act on the part of Lisa with the intention of ending her life.”
A vigil for Mrs Highton was held at Castle Hill eight days after her death.
Friends of Mrs Highton held a charity head shave to raise money for mental health charity Mind.
Honley Business Association, of which Mrs Highton was a member, dedicated their AGM to raising awareness of mental health issues.
Speakers from The Samaritans and Andy’s Man Club provided advice on how to help those suffering from depression.
For anyone who is suffering, Samaritans are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 116 123.