Depressed dad took own life

A DAD took his own life after battling depression, an inquest heard.

Barry Garrington, 50, a sheet metal worker, was found hanging after struggling to get over the break-down of a relationship.

Mr Garrington, a dad of three and granddad, was discovered by his daughter Claire in his garage last Wednesday.

She and Mr Garrington’s mother Doreen had gone around to his house in Ingham Grove, Hartlepool, when they could not reach him by telephone and became worried for his wellbeing.

Police were called, but said there were no suspicious circumstances and no-one else was involved.

They found a note in his house in which he said he could not take it any more and talked about how he wanted his estate divided up.

The inquest heard that Mr Garrington had been depressed for several weeks after the breakdown of a relationship and had been prescribed anti-depressant tablets.

His family had sought help for him from various sources including Sandwell Park hospital and his own GP.

The cause of death was pressure on the neck caused by hanging.

Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly recorded a verdict that Mr Garrington killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

He assured his daughter that he did not suffer and would not have felt any pain.

A celebration of Mr Garrington’s life is to take place at Stranton Grange Crematorium Chapel on Monday, March 12, at 11.20am, prior to interment in Stranton Grange Cemetery.