Suicide victim feared collapse of her family

A MOTHER who was worried about her marriage and role within the family threw herself off Beachy Head, an inquest has heard.

Suzanne Stanzl, who had told her doctor she believed she was already dead, was also plagued by thoughts of being an unworthy mother.

On September 30 last year the 48-year-old was spotted by Ben Russell, operation team leader for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team, by the cliffs in Eastbourne.

He said she was unresponsive when he tried to talk to her and was the same when Sergeant Derrick Wood appeared.

The officer told the inquest that she seemed distressed and after some time she stepped forward deliberately and jumped.

Her husband, Paul Stanzl, received a suicide note days later. A post mortem showed she died of multiple injuries.

Mrs Stanzl, of Aller Lane, Ansty, Dorchester, had been sectioned for a period and on another occasion voluntarily received support.

After a two-month voluntary admission in June last year she was discharged because it was considered she was well enough to go home with continued treatment.

Friend Sylvia Good said, “She was worried about the family unit breaking up.

“She thought if they broke up she wouldn’t get the children because of her emotional state. She was in emotional pain.”

The inquest heard no traces of drugs were found in the system and that if she wasn’t taking her prescription medicine she could have suffered unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt recorded a verdict of suicide.

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