Bentley woman felt suicide was her ‘only way out’

Doncaster Crown Court, the home of Doncaster Coroner's Court where the inquest was held.

Doncaster Crown Court, the home of Doncaster Coroner's Court where the inquest was held.

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A health worker took her own life because she could not cope living with the skin condition psoriasis, an inquest heard.

An inquest heard the body of Hollie Louise McEwen, aged 28, was discovered at her home on Kendal Road in Bentley, along with 13 farewell letters written to her loved ones, on May 23 this year.

The former Ridgewood High School pupil had previously been prescribed anti-depressants because of bouts of anxiety and low moods. But medical professionals said there had been no indication that she had a desire to self harm or to commit suicide.

Assistant coroner Fred Curtis said: “Overall it seems to be that, over a period of time, particularly during the spring of 2014, Hollie’s mood was at an all-time low that was not recognised by anyone. That is not a criticism, it was just a fact.”

He reached a conclusion of suicide.
Hollie’s dad Andrew McEwen, of Wensleydale Road, Scawsby, Doncaster, said: “Over the years she became very self conscious after her psoriasis which made her very anxious.

“Hollie was a beautiful and vibrant woman but she felt she couldn’t cope with her condition, and she felt this was her only way out.”

He added: “This has been the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to our family.”

Hollie’s mum Wendy added: “This has left a huge hole in our family. I still can’t understand why this has happened. Hollie left a letter to me and her dad saying she could be at peace now.”

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