A “humorous, pretty, caring and at instances cheeky” teenager took her personal life as she struggled with elevating her youngsters and coping with years of home abuse.
The physique of Hanna Knowles was found at a flat in Jadeana Courtroom, off Albert Highway in St Austell on March 22, 2020.
On the time police mentioned that her dying remained unexplained and an investigation was launched.
Learn extra: Cornwall cops will row the Atlantic for charity that helped them
Hanna’s household mentioned as they paid tribute on the time that the 19-year-old mum of two younger youngsters had been fighting psychological well being points however they by no means imagined that she would possibly take her personal life.
Now an inquest has heard that Hanna’s physique was found within the bathtub at her flat by her mother and father after they have been unable to pay money for her that day. The listening to at Truro Coroner’s Courtroom was instructed that Hanna had visited the household dwelling the day prior to this and took her mom’s treatment earlier than going to her personal flat. The inquest revealed she didn’t drown within the bathtub however died of intoxication from the drugs.
Get the most effective tales curated by us and delivered to your inbox each day. Select what you need right here
The inquest heard that weeks earlier than her dying Hanna was assaulted by her accomplice and considered one of her youngsters additionally had unexplained accidents. This prompted her and her youngsters to be moved by social providers into the house of a foster household in Newquay whereas courtroom proceedings towards him have been ongoing. The transfer was additionally made to evaluate whether or not she was match to take care of her two youngsters.
Annabel Lee, Hanna’s GP in Newquay, instructed the listening to that “a number of purple flags” have been raised following a 45-minute emergency session 5 days earlier than her dying.
She mentioned the 19-year-old was “determined for a break from them (foster household) and from her youngsters” however insisted they have been additionally her security internet at a time when she was so susceptible.
Dr Lee mentioned Hanna had been feeling very low for not less than 18 months and had been bodily, sexually and mentally abused by her accomplice over a few years. She mentioned Hanna described the connection together with her accomplice as being “grooming in nature”.
There are numerous totally different locations to get on-line assist, together with web-chats, textual content assist, phone-calls and even apps with video games that will help you handle your emotions.
If you’re needing assist or simply need to know what is accessible to you, now we have compiled a full record of a variety of providers.
Beneath are simply a number of the helplines and web sites that may assist you to.
24/7 NHS psychological well being response line: For assist and recommendation. Name free any time, day or night time in case you are fearful about your personal or another person’s psychological well being. The workforce behind the 24/7 open entry phone response line will take heed to you and decide how finest to assist. t: 0800 038 5300 (free) 24 hours a day
Samaritans: Emotional assist to anybody in emotional misery, struggling to manage, or vulnerable to suicide. t: 116 123 24 hours a day e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outlook South West provide on-line assist and NHS speaking therapies – name 01208 871905 for individuals aged 16+ years. The Suicide Liaison Service can also be out there by way of this quantity. That is additionally an NHS funded service, however for adults 18+ who’ve been bereaved by suicide.
Man Down: supporting males’s psychological well being in Cornwall – www.mandown-cornwall.co.uk
‘We’re with you’ for assist with alcohol, medication or psychological well being name 01872 263001 or go to https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/providers/cornwall-truro/.
Childline: Free, personal and confidential service for anybody underneath 19 the place you may speak about something. No matter your fear, everytime you need assistance, anytime. t: 0800 1111 e-mail or chat by way of www.childline.org.uk
Shout: 24/7 textual content service, free on all main cell networks, for anybody in disaster anytime, wherever. It’s a spot to go in the event you’re struggling to manage and also you want instant assist. Textual content: 85258
CALM Marketing campaign In opposition to Residing Miserably: For males who’re down or who want to speak, discover data and assist. t: 0800 58 58 58 5pm – midnight each day or webchat at www.thecalmzone.internet
If you’re a youngster or fearful a couple of little one you may name the Early Assist Hub for recommendation and assist (name 01872 322277 or e-mail email@example.com).
Name 0300 777 4777 or go to https://saferfutures.org.uk/ in the event you or another person is affected by home abuse, sexual violence and people demonstrating abusive behaviours.
Valued Lives: Helps people who find themselves experiencing psychological or emotional misery in Cornwall. t: 0800 260 6759 24/7 disaster line
Papyrus Hopeline UK: For individuals underneath the age of 35 experiencing ideas of suicide, or anybody involved that a youngster may very well be fascinated by suicide. t: 0800 068 4141 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
“She was in a really darkish place and was extraordinarily susceptible,” Dr Lee mentioned.
The GP instructed the inquest that she felt that “a number of purple flags” have been raised by the dialog with Hanna and requested social providers to satisfy together with her inside 24 to 48 hours. Social providers tried on a number of events to satisfy with Hanna however with none success. When Hanna was lastly contacted she declined any provide of assist.
Hanna’s mom Tracey Brewer instructed the inquest that Hanna had been underneath nice stress mentally and will now not cope.
She mentioned: “I feel she was pushed too far. I don’t need to sound nasty however she needed the youngsters to be taken away as a result of she couldn’t cope. She was discovering it exhausting going. I feel every little thing all obtained an excessive amount of for her.”
Hanna left the foster household who had been assessing her and maintaining her protected and returned to St Austell towards all recommendation not to take action. She took too lots of the tablets prescribed to her mom and died at her dwelling the following day.
In his conclusion, Andrew Cox, senior coroner for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, mentioned that whereas Hanna had intentionally taken the drugs, there was no proof to recommend that she had meant to commit suicide.
Recording an unintentional dying conclusion, he mentioned: “The circumstances of Hanna’s dying are very troublesome to listen to. It is extremely unhappy that somebody so younger ought to change into the topic of an inquest. Hanna was in a troublesome mind-set. She was unclear as to what she needed and her thoughts was not made up.
“She needed to take care of her youngsters however was fighting it.
“It’s my view that what Hanna needed was some respiratory house and to step away from her issues which is why she took this treatment. It was an escape however I don’t assume she meant to take her personal life. It was extra of a short-term coping mechanism however she took an excessive amount of and sadly died.”
Click on right here if the survey fails to load
After the inquest her sister Leah Brewer, on behalf of her household, paid tribute to their beloved Hanna who was “really considered one of a form”.
She mentioned: “It’s exhausting to place it into phrases what Hanna meant to us. It has been practically two years and there was such a giant gap left in all of our hearts. She actually was considered one of a form.
“Hanna was humorous, pretty and caring. Don’t get me improper, she was additionally a bit mischievous and cheeky at instances, however we wouldn’t have modified something about her. Particularly her smile. When she smiled, it might gentle up the entire room.
“Not solely was she a buddy to many, finest buddy to a choose particular few. She was additionally a daughter, a sister and a mom to 2 stunning boys. Hanna might not be with us anymore, however she is going to dwell on by way of her stunning youngsters.”