‘Loving’ ex-Wetherspoons worker, 26, killed himself after battling depression

A young man who battled depression and anxiety wrote a series of delayed text messages to his friends apologising for killing himself.

An inquest into the death of Jake Sloane, 26, from Plymouth, Devon, heard how he was described by his family as a "happy loving boy growing up".

The former Tavistock College pupil moved and settled in Plymouth at the age of 21 and worked as the manager of the Reel Cinema in Plymouth before later working at a Wetherspoons pub.

The inquest heard Jake had battled depression and anxiety, spending time in the Glenbourne Unit for mental health patients and had threatened to take his own life following his discharge.

He began to work with the Insight team and PATH who arranged for accommodation in Hill Park Crescent, Plymouth. He began to undergo cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and appeared to improve, beginning to volunteer at the Red Cross.

The inquest heard how Jake had kept a telephone appointment with his care manager on February 21 where he sounded "buoyant".

However, assistant coroner Stephen Covell said that evidence later gathered by police from Jake's mobile phone and laptop computer revealed he was privately preparing to take own life.

The inquest heard how on February 12 he spoke to a friend to whom he candidly admitted he was going to take his life in 10 days' time.

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He began to tidy up his room, give away or sell off his various belongings to friends and charity shops and ran down his food supplies at his shared property.

Mr Covell said: "When people decide to take their lives they become less anxious and calmer because they have a plan and this could explain why people near to him thought he was less anxious."

On the night of February 22 he appeared quiet and told his housemates he was going to his room to watch TV.

Once inside he locked his door and arranged for four delayed text messages to be sent so they would arrive with his friends later. He then cancelled his bank facilities, wrote a letter to his family and consumed a chemical compound.

A friend who received a message raised the alarm the following day and he was found unresponsive on his bed by his parents.

In the letter to his "great" parents, Jake apologised for his actions and said they were the reason he had "held out as long as he could".

Police who attended the property found a container with an inorganic compound beside his bed, along with the letter.

Mr Covell said the police investigation made it "absolutely clear" that Jake had intended, planned and then carried out his own death intentionally while a toxicology report confirmed that he had consumed a fatal quantity of the inorganic compound.

Mr Covell recorded a verdict of suicide before offered his sincere condolences to Jake's parents.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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