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Young farmer took his own life after suffering mental break down

A young farmer took his own life on the same day his beloved dog was put to sleep, an inquest was told.

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Young farmer took his own life after suffering mental break down

Owen Warren Carlisle, of Newcastle Emlyn, died on June 8, 2017.

 

The 27-year-old was said to have loved farming before suffering a mental break down in the build up to taking his own life.

 

Coroner’s officer Malcolm Thompson said: “He was brought up on the family farm and left school at 16 to work on the farm. Farming was his life and had been so from a very young age.

 

“He built up a herd of 150 cows which he managed for 3 years before travelling to work in New Zealand.

 

“He returned in 2010 to farm for a local dairy.

 

“He was extremely pleased about the job.”


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Mr Carlisle suffered from mental exhaustion and had a complete mental breakdown.

 

Mr Thompson continued: “He responded well to treatment and returned to work on the family farm for his father.

 

“He lived in an annex on the farm and built up a herd of 40 cows which he milked twice every day. Every now and then he would try to manage without his medication but always resorted back to it.”

 

At this point, Mr Carlisle’s dog developed cancer and became very unwell.

 

 

Mr Thompson said: “On June 8, the vet was called to put the dog to sleep.

 

“He had taken the last of his medicine and was left alone after his father went into Newcastle Emlyn.”

When his father returned he found Owen had tried to hang himself.

 

Mr Thompson added: “The emergency services were called and the paramedics were able to find a pulse and took him to hospital but he passed away on the way.”

 

The cause of death was recorded as 1A hanging.

 

Mark Layton, senior coroner for Carmarthenshire, said: “From the evidence it is clear that Owen had mental health issues. I conclude that he has taken deliberate steps to end his life.

 

“My conclusion is suicide.”

Glyn Evans, Deputy CEO of the Farming Community Network, a charity which supports farmers and farming families during difficult times, said: “This tragic story is a stark reminder of just how susceptible members of the farming community can be to poor mental wellbeing.

 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Owen’s family, friends and fellow young farmers.

 

"If any young farmers who, like Owen, are struggling with their mental wellbeing, or who are affected by Owen’s death, please know that FCN is here for you.

 

"Our helpline number is 03000 111999 or you can email us at chris@fcn.org.uk. Our volunteers are available from 7am-11pm every day of the year and are ready to listen.”

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