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Falling through the gaps: the story of a suicide

Mar 2nd, 2015 by

Martin Strain, 34, was halfway through a four-month wait for an NHS psychiatrist when he killed himself

When Martin Strain felt he required psychiatric help for his long-term depression, he found himself assigned to a self-help course with 50 strangers and paper questionnaires for company.

He completed just four sessions. Two months later, the IT analyst from Batley, West Yorkshire, was dead. His wife, Lyndsey, found him at home. The cause of death, given at his inquest last month, was asphyxia. The verdict: suicide. He was 34.

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In the last two years of Martin’s life he was rarely seen in person

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