Nurse took life af­ter years of in­som­nia

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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.”

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