Job loss led man to drink and suicide

A man with a history of depression was found hanged in his bedroom, an inquest heard.

Family and friends of Patrick Joseph O'Neill, 54, had not heard from him for a week when his brother Michael O'Neill called police in October last year.

Officers broke into his home in Beech Terrace, Broadgate, Preston and found him hanged from a door frame in his bedroom.

An inquest at Preston Coroner's Court heard Mr O'Neill had been affected by the loss of his job at BTR Industries in 2004, and one of his brothers had also died in March 2001.

A statement from GP Dr Ronald Lowe revealed Mr O'Neill had a history of heavy drinking and depression, and had visited Dr Lowe in June 2006, when it emerged he was drinking up to 230 units of alcohol a week.

He was prescribed medication for depression and reviewed by Dr Lowe again in August, when his depression was said to be much improved.

Brother Michael said: "He was working at BTR all his life and that is all he knew. He was made redundant and everything changed.

"His financial situation changed and his everyday life changed. He was so used to doing his shifts, so used to going to work. Everything like that changed and he could not get himself out to go and get another job."

Pathologist Dr Jane Edwards said the alcohol in Mr O'Neill's blood was around three times the drink drive limit. Coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a verdict of death by hanging.