A 21-year old single mother in the UK has reportedly committed suicide.
The deceased, Jade Rees, had remained upset and distressed after aborting her pregnancy following a falling out with the baby daddy last year. Three weeks later, she took her own life.
Jade, according to reports had battled eating disorder and depression since the tender age of 14. She had killed herself while listening to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump.’
Inquest into her death showed that she was placed on antidepressants but was taken off it when she fell pregnant with her son in 2013.
She met her last boyfriend in 2015 and got pregnant by him but aborted the four months old pregnant when the two broke up. She became more depressed after visiting a bar she use to visit with her ex but was banned by the landlord which was based on the orders of her ex.
Jade, left a note for her parents and son, explaining how depressed she had been since committing the abortion. She also made it clear that she really loved her son.
Dr Easodhavidhya Elangomo, the trainee psychiatric specialist who handled Miss Rees case, told the inquest how she had come to know the young mother following her visit to the Royal Oldham Hospital.
My first impression of Jade was that she was dressed casually and was very well kept. She was upset and angry, emotions she directed at me, because she had endured such a long wait to see me.
I apologised for the inconvenience and told her I had been very busy in the clinic.
She was fiddling on her phone a lot and clearly in no mood to engage with me. She complained that the room was too hot. She told me she just wanted to go home to her son, who she clearly loved dearly.
She told me about the abortion she had just weeks earlier, and how the split from her ex-partner had been very distressing for her. She told me she believed he had a new girlfriend and was struggling to come to terms with it.
Though she was upset, she did not have any ongoing thoughts of suicide or self-harm. She denied any sense of hopelessness, and was adamant she eventually wanted to return to college to complete her A-Levels.
She denied having any past medical history or any form of psychotic illness. When I asked her about this, she said For God’s sake, I have a son to look after.
She identified her son as a protective factor and kept insisting that she wanted to leave so that she could get home and put him to bed. She then stated she did not wish to answer any further questions without her father by her side.
Though I felt she was no risk to herself or others, due to the two overdoses she had taken so close together, I was concerned by her impulsivity. When her father arrived, he also voiced his concerns about her impulsive nature.
I referred her to mental health services, and she promised to attend the appointment. I gave her the appointment card in the presence of her father, and he agreed to keep an eye on her.
She told me she regretted taking the overdose, and promised to keep herself safe. She was on no antidepressants at the time of our meeting that I was aware of, and I did not prescribe her any.’
Days later – on what transpired to be the evening before her death on November 3 – Miss Rees informed her parents she was attending a bonfire.
When she returned home at around midnight, she seemed ‘very upset’ and proceeded to discuss her ex-partner – though her parents were not concerned about her mental state at this time.
Her mother Anne discovered her body at 10.30am the following morning.
Recording a verdict of suicide, assistant coroner Matthew Cox said: ‘Due to the circumstances and the contents of her note, I am satisfied that Jade did intend the consequence of her actions.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Mr Rees and to the rest of Jade’s family at this very difficult and distressing time.