Depression led charity worker to kill himself

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A VOLUNTARY worker took his life by jumping in front of a train despite his family’s desperate attempts to get him help for his depression, an inquest heard.

George Lamport, 23, died in April last year after hurling himself in front of an Aberdeen-London service.

The driver of the East Coast train, doing 110mph as it passed through Cramlington Station at 7.05pm, did not have a chance to stop as Mr Lamport leapt off the platform directly into its path before he could slam the brakes on.

A number of notes were later found by police at Mr Lamport’s home in Jaycroft Court, North Shields, after officers let themselves in with a key recovered from the track.

Mr Lamport, born in Walthamstow in east London, had previously been treated as an in-patient at North Tyneside General Hospital after being sectioned under the 2007 Mental Health Act.

Health workers found him a flat in 2008, and since then Mr Lamport had worked part-time in the Oxfam shop in North Shields.

At the time of his death, he was taking anti-psychotic medication, but had apparently failed to take his prescribed anti-depressants for two months.

A post mortem revealed Mr Lamport died as a result of multiple injuries.

North Tyneside coroner Eric Armstrong recorded a verdict of suicide.

He said: “I’m afraid this was an unavoidable collision.

“This is quite simply a young man who for some time has suffered from mental problems and depression.

“He felt others were possibly poisoning his food, that he had reached the point where he couldn’t cope.

“Sadly, he decided that the only way to deal with that problem was to take his own life and he placed himself on the track.

“He couldn’t possibly have thought that any other outcome would result than that his life would end. He stopped and faced the train.

“It’s clear that it was the mental health problems that caused this train of thought.

“Having fought for so long as a family to help him overcome his problems, it’s tragic.

“Some questions we will never be able to answer.

“He is not the first young man I have dealt with in these circumstances and he will not be the last.

“The fight against depression is ongoing, and I think we will continue sadly to lose young men to something we do not entirely understand.”