The sister of a Basingstoke man who committed suicide by inhaling gas has accused the system of failing him, an inquest has heard.
Neil Pearson, 48, was found dead at his home in Coronation Road on April 27 after receiving treatment for depression for several years.
North East Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley found that Mr Pearson’s death had come as a result of suicide from asphyxiation during his verdict.
Staff from North Hampshire’s community mental health team revealed at the inquest that Mr Pearson had claimed to have bought the equipment needed to kill himself, with sister Lucy Pearson criticising the service for not intervening.
Ms Pearson said: “I feel that the system failed him.
“I’m sorry, but buying equipment to kill yourself shows a lot of intent to me.
“I’m not looking to blame anyone – he made his own decision and took his own life – but I feel he should have got more help.”
Mr Bradley was referred to the community mental health team at the Bridge Centre in New Road during September 2014, with staff attributing his depression to dependant personality disorder – a condition characterised by a fear of abandonment and separation.
As well as regular counselling, he also received cognitive analytic therapy.
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Janet Chiu said: “Being on his own seemed to be a big source of stress to Mr Pearson, so he regularly went on dates to ensure that he wasn’t, in his words, ‘lost, scared and alone’.
“There were a lot of fluctuations in his mood and he got angry that the treatment wasn’t getting to the root of his issues.
“He claimed to have bought the equipment to kill himself but these claims were always inconsistent with his behaviour.”
Speaking at Monday’s inquest at Basingstoke Law Courts in London Road, Mr Bradley said: “It seems that while Mr Pearson was at times receptive to treatment, it ultimately didn’t solve his problems.
“He was angry that nobody had come to grips with what was wrong with him, but I just can’t see what else could’ve been done to help.”