Mother-of-one found dead hours after being discharged from mental health crisis team

PUBLISHED: 07:57 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 20 March 2018

Katherine Rought-Rought who died in June 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

Katherine Rought-Rought who died in June 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

Courtesy of Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

An artistic mother with serious mental health problems died hours after being discharged from the crisis team, an inquest has heard.

Hellesdon Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYHellesdon Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bury St Edmunds-born Katherine Rought-Rought, 36, of North Park Avenue, Norwich, was found by her partner in the bathroom of their home on June 1 2016 at around 8pm.

A four-day inquest was opened today at Carrow House, Norwich, by area coroner Yvonne Blake in front of a jury.

Ms Blake said the medical cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Miss Rought-Rought, who suffered with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, had a four-year-old son, whom she had with her partner of five years.

Carrow House.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCarrow House. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The inquest heard Miss Rought-Rought had suffered with mental health problems since she was 18-years-old, had been an inpatient at Hellesdon Hospital, and was first in contact with mental health services since 2001.

The inquest heard Miss Rought-Rought had gone to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s accident and emergency after a serious incident of self-harm in April 2016 and just over a month later made threats to take her own life.

Her parents were at the inquest who believe she should have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act around that time.

Mrs Rought-Rought, described her daughter as a “great artist and musician” with a “great sense of humour”.

In a written statement, she said: “I strongly believe Katherine should have been sectioned.”

Miss Rought-Rought’s past treatment included cognitive behavioural therapy and treatment in the run up to her death included electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and antidepressant medication.

In April 2015 Peggy Lovell, a community mental health nurse from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, became Miss Rought-Rought’s care co-ordinator.

She worked with other medical professionals and saw the 36-year-old with the trust’s Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team nurse on June 1.

Before then, Miss Rought-Rought had been seen on a regular basis by either Miss Lovell, doctors or the crisis team.

Giving evidence, Miss Lovell said the mother-of-one did not want to be under the care of the crisis team, did not want to be sectioned and wanted to carry on with medication and ECT.

“She felt there were alternative therapies that gave her hope,” Miss Lovell added.

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