Nurse took life after years of insomnia
AP SYCHIAT R I C nurse praised for how he cared for others was found hanged by his teenage daughter after suffering from years of insomnia.
Graham Mitchell, 48, left a career in business to care for people and trained as a psychiatric nurse at Parkside in Macclesfield, an inquest at Macclesfield Town Hall heard.
He was polite and friendly, a caring dad who enjoyed his job at Woodlands care home in Poynton.
But the inquest heard how Mr Mitchell, of Oxford Road, Macclesfield, suffered from chronic insomnia that he did not tell his friends and family about.
And on March 26 this year he took his own life.
The inquest heard that Mr Mitchell had suffered chronic insomnia over many years, made worse by working shifts at the care home.
He became upset after the death of his dad and following the separation from his partner Susan Morrissey, who is mum to his children.
The inquest heard that on March 26 she visited him but told him she would not move back in.
A few hours after she left, at around 3pm, their teenage daughter came home from school and found her dad hanged in the garden.
Speaking at the inquest Mrs Morrissey said: “He tended to keep things to himself but he didn’t mention self harm.”
His sister, Wendy Mitchell, said he seemed ‘shellshocked’ in the weeks before his death after a holiday which hadn’t gone as he’d hoped and admitted feeling ‘deep in thought and preoccupied’. But she said his death was completely unexpected.
She said: “It was a terrible shock. We didn’t see it coming.”
Mum Anne Mitchell told the inquest that he quit his job in business because he wanted to help people.
She said: “He was always very helpful to people and very well liked.”
Coroner Janet Napier said: “It’s really sad and a terrible shock for you all. He had issues inside his head that he wasn’t saying.
“He went to his GP but didn’t say too much and didn’t get the help he needed. He took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.”
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Mitchell’s uncle Tim Heeley said: “Graham was well loved and that was clear by the number of families of people he cared for who came to his funeral. He cared for people as individuals and with consistency and professionalism.
“He was known as Joe Cool, he was unflappable and calming which made him so good at caring for others.”