King’s Lynn mum calls for more support after losing son, aged 22

Samuel Bitson who died in May 2014.  Picture: Submitted. Samuel Bitson who died in May 2014. Picture: Submitted.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
8:41 AM

A grieving mother whose 22-year-old son may have deliberately taken his own life has pledged to start a support group for families who have lost a relative to suicide.

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Karin Bitson, 44, spoke after she attended the inquest into the death of her son, Samuel, who was found hanged at the family home in Metcalf Avenue, King’s Lynn.

Mr Bitson was suffering with depression after splitting up with his girlfriend, the coroner heard.

Even though the coroner ruled she could not be completely sure the act was not just a cry for help, his mother said: “There is nothing in Norfolk to support parents of those who have lost their child to suicide.”

Despite going through a traumatic time herself, Mrs Bitson has started a Facebook page to help others who may be going through a difficult time in similar situations.

“I am hoping to start a group in the area so people can meet have a coffee and chat about what they are going through,” she added.

Paying tribute to her son, a former Gaywood Park High School pupil, she said: “He was comical. He was very close to his big sister Naomi. He was also popular with the girls at school and loved to cook.”

Mrs Bitson attended the inquest with daughter Naomi Bitson, 25 and her sister Diana Trueman. The court heard that when Mrs Bitson came home from work she found him dead.

“It was awful,” said Mrs Trueman. “We called him the prince of the family as he was the only boy out of nine grandchildren, he was a lovely lad.”

Mr Bitson had been known to the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust as he had suffered from depression for some time.

He was referred to the mental health team after taking an overdose after he found it difficult to cope with breaking up with his girlfriend.

“He was very sensitive and a very loving person,” Mrs Bitson said.

After being assessed and prescribed anti-depressants, Mr Bitson was given follow up appointments to see the mental health team but he failed to attend.

Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake came to a narrative conclusion that it could not be said whether Mr Bitson had intended to take his own life or if it was a cry for help that went wrong.

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