A ‘bright and fun’ bar supervisor hung herself after becoming depressed that her benefits were being reduced, an inquest heard. Talisa-Rose Smith, who had a history of self-harming and previous suicide attempts, was found dead in her flat at the Old Farmhouse pub in Nailsea on March 19. An inquest at Avon Coroners Court heard that Talisa, known as T to her friends, had been feeling ‘down’ in the days before her death after learning her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit was being reduced. She had also been informed her housing benefit was being reduced and she had received a notice to quit her flat above the Old Farmhouse pub by May 2. The hearing was told that Talisa, 27, had started suffering with her mental health in the third year of secondary school and started self-harming. There had also been a number of suicide attempts, leading to her GP practice only issuing her enough medication for three or four days at a time in a dosset box. She had also been seen by mental health teams and referred for talking therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy. And the inquest heard how Talisa had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder… Read full this story
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