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Mother's call for young people to get help for mental health problems, after pregnant daughter's suicide

PUBLISHED: 06:00 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:02 27 October 2015

Cassie Turton died on Valentine's Day last year. Here Miss Turton, right, is pictured with her mother Sandra Hammond-Grant.

Cassie Turton died on Valentine's Day last year. Here Miss Turton, right, is pictured with her mother Sandra Hammond-Grant.

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A mother whose depressed daughter died from an overdose is calling on young people to seek help for mental health problems, rather than suffer in silence.

Sandra Hammond-Grant holding a picture of her daughter Cassie. Picture: Ian BurtSandra Hammond-Grant holding a picture of her daughter Cassie. Picture: Ian Burt

Cassandra Turton, who was known as Cassie, of Park Avenue, King’s Lynn, died in Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, on February 14 last year.

The 26-year-old, who was eight weeks pregnant, took an overdose of her prescribed medication used to treat hypertension, anxiety and panic.

An inquest in Lynn yesterday heard that, while Miss Turton suffered from depression and might even have had bipolar disorder, she had not sought specialist, professional help.

Her mother, Sandra Hammond-Grant, of Tyrell Crescent, South Wootton, said: “We were going together to get help for her, just before she died. She suffered from a lot of illnesses, and it was a lot for a young girl to cope with.

“Young people should speak out if they need help and get it. I want more awareness of issues with young people with mental health, especially with peer pressure and the pressure from boyfriends.

“I think as well as the Samaritans they should have a helpline which young people could possibly ring as the Samaritans is seen as old-fashioned.”

Assistant Norfolk coroner Yvonne Blake recorded a narrative conclusion that Miss Turton “was low in mood and depressed with relationship problems. She took a large overdose of her medication which caused collapse and cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated but it was decided that further treatment was futile.”

Miss Hammond-Grant told the inquest that her daughter, who worked as a restaurant supervisor at Lynn’s Bank House hotel, was a “ray of sunshine” and they were “best friends as well as mother and daughter”.

On the evening of February 13, 2014 she had taken an overdose and also cut her left wrist. The inquest heard her boyfriend Michael Fysh, a father of two, had told her he did not want her to have their baby.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and died the following day at Papworth.

If you need to talk to the Samaritans, you can call for free on 116123.

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