Medical student left suicide note on his phone

THE CASE of a medical student who took his own life has been described as ‘rare’ by a coroner.

An inquest into the death of Matthew Campsall heard the 23-year-old had suffered a manic episode but had not shown signs he was intending to take his life and had been deemed at low risk of harming himself.

Mr Campsall, from Cleveland Road, Loughborough, Leicester, who was about to re-sit his final year, had been spotted at Beachy Head on August 23 last year.

A statement read on behalf of Eastbourne coastguard Stuart McNab said he had seen a man by cliffs who was over the fence line and pacing up and down.

He was then seen to walk to the cliff edge and disappear.

The inquest heard Mr Campsall, who had suffered multiple injuries, had spent a few days in a psychiatric unit after presenting bizarre behaviour while in A&E.

His care co-ordinator, Kirsty Starkey, who is part of the Psychosis Intervention Early Recovery team, said he had experienced a manic episode with psychotic symptoms.

She said, “I think that he felt he had been working a lot, doing lots of odd hours, no sleeping pattern on top of revising for finals, he found he was under a lot of stress.”

She added he was making jokes the last time she saw him, a fortnight before his death.

Dr Nandina Chakraborty, consultant psychiatrist with the PIER team, added that Mr Campsall had been relatively frank in meetings.

A statement on behalf of his parents said they had found a suicide note message on his phone. The statement read that while he had suffered some low moods they believed he was suffering from a hidden illness.

Responding to Dr Chakraborty’s comments, Coroner Alan Craze said, “This is a rare case, even with hindsight there’s nothing to indicate to me as a lay-man or to you as a professional that he was at risk of taking his own life.”

He recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed.

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