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Farmer took his own life on the farm he loved after suffering anxiety and depression

A 77-year-old farmer who dedicated his life to farming took his own life in October last year, an inquest heard.

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Farmer took his own life on the farm he loved after suffering anxiety and depression

Raymond Stott, who lived at Longstring Farm in Wookey, was found hanging in his back garden by his brother, Thomas, on October 15.


An inquest in Taunton heard Mr Stott had suffered a series of health problems throughout his life including leg ulcers, a brain hemorrhage, cancer and a hip replacement.

 

He was last seen at 12.30pm on the day he died, when he had lunch.

 

When he did not return home later that day, one of brothers went to look for him and found him hanging in the back garden.


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Police were called at 6.30pm but confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances, reported Somerset Live.

 

A statement from Dr Nick Mottram said Mr Stott had been treated for anxiety and depression in 2005.

 

A post mortem revealed he had died as a result of hanging. There were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

 

The senior coroner, Tony Williams, who presided over the inquest, recorded the cause of death as hanging and a verdict of suicide.

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Here at Farmers Guardian, we are passionate about helping the rural community deal with everything connected to mental health, which is why we have created a dedicated hub.

 

Full of helplines, stories from families and individuals who have suffered themselves and guides on how to deal with mental health, this hub will provide anybody who doesn’t know where to go with a place to seek advice.

 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR MENTAL HEALTH HUB

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