A caring young man who took his own life had a history of cannabis addiction.
Damian Jeffrey, 23, of Deighton, was found hanging in woodland near his home on March 8 this year.
Bradford Coroner’s Court heard that Damian had become dependent on the class B drug and was also suffering from depression.
His dad Peter, whose statement was read out in court, said that despite the family’s best efforts to persuade him to seek help after he attempted to take his own life two months prior to his death, he refused to see a professional.
Damian was last seen in his bedroom by his dad the evening before.
Mr Jeffrey alerted the police when he woke around 5.30am to find his son had gone missing.
Police found a note with his body, which indicated that he intended to end his own life.
A toxicology report found that he had been smoking cannabis prior to his death.
In the statement, Peter described how Damian, one of five children, had begun smoking cannabis at school and became dependent on it.
Damian was said to have later begun to ask for money to fund his habit.
Mr Jeffrey added that for the year prior to his death, Damian had been struggling with news that his nephews and nieces had been taken into care.
He was also affected by the break up with a girlfriend.
The extent of his depression was highlighted when he took a deliberate overdose earlier this year. He was referred to specialist care but refused to take with the treatment.
“I think he used it to block out things that were happening in his life,” said Mr Jeffrey.
“He wanted to become a dad as he loved kids and had tried to have a child. It was playing on his mind.
“His nieces and nephews were taken into care 12 months before he died and because he was close to them this really got to him.
“He also split up with a girlfriend and that hit him hard.
“He never wanted to see a doctor. He said he didn’t need help.”
Mr Jeffrey said the night before his death he sat with his son in his room who was filling out forms and said his behaviour seemed normal.
“He was a polite person who would do anything for anyone else but wouldn’t help himself.
“I really don’t know why he did what he did
“I know he had a lot on but he showed no signs of anything being that bad.”
Senior coroner Martin Fleming recorded a suicide verdict.
The Examiner reported in May how Damian’s grave was “trashed” by council workers digging a new pit nearby.
Damian is buried at Hey Lane cemetery at Castle Hill.
Helplines and websites
If you’re struggling to cope with mental health issues here are some of the ways you can access help.
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information. http://www.depressionalliance.org/
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/