Mum just strug­gled to cope in­quest told

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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.

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