Doctor who suffered with depression took own life

The court heard how the doctor took his own life after battling depression

The court heard how the doctor took his own life after battling depression

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A doctor who suffered with depression and bipolar disorder and who had been advised to cut his workload took his own life, an inquest heard.

Petre Jones, 51, was found dead in his home in Wanstead by police on November 14, 2013.

The doctor, who had owned his own practice in Plaistow since 2003, died of asphyxiation caused by a sack, Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard.

Giving evidence at the inquest, Dr Jones' eldest daughter Bethan described him as an 'active man'.

“He always wanted to try and help people. He worked in a deprived area in Plaistow because he wanted to make a difference,” she said.

“He went to church and he was fairly active there, he liked to travel and he did a lot of running.

“I know that for as long as I can remember he had bipolar, depression and has been in hospital for it a few times.”

For more on this story see next week's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian, out on Thursday.

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8:57am Fri 29 Aug 14

T. Watts says...

This is an incredibly sad and tragic story and my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Could you not write a better and more respectful headline- not than one that sounds like you're talking about Doctor Who?

Get some better headline writers!
This is an incredibly sad and tragic story and my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Could you not write a better and more respectful headline- not than one that sounds like you're talking about Doctor Who? Get some better headline writers! T. Watts
  • Score: 13

10:02am Fri 29 Aug 14

Bethan Jones says...

Could you please correct the record, my name is Bethan not Bethany. Also he was found on Thursday 14th November 2013, not on the 15th.

Also could you please include contact details for Samaritans and other similar organisations who can help people who may find themselves in a similar situation or who may be affected in line with national guidelines and as you were asked to by the coroner following her conclusions.

The Samaritans are an amazing organisation who can offer non-judgmental help for people in very vulnerable situations. you can call them on: 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website for more information: http://www.samaritan
s.org/how-we-can-hel
p-you/contact-us
Could you please correct the record, my name is Bethan not Bethany. Also he was found on Thursday 14th November 2013, not on the 15th. Also could you please include contact details for Samaritans and other similar organisations who can help people who may find themselves in a similar situation or who may be affected in line with national guidelines and as you were asked to by the coroner following her conclusions. The Samaritans are an amazing organisation who can offer non-judgmental help for people in very vulnerable situations. you can call them on: 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website for more information: http://www.samaritan s.org/how-we-can-hel p-you/contact-us Bethan Jones
  • Score: 24

10:39am Fri 29 Aug 14

MorrisHickey says...

My condolences Bethan - I had occasion to speak with your brother shortly after.
My condolences Bethan - I had occasion to speak with your brother shortly after. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 5

2:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

cynicalsue says...

Very sad story but yes, how right to highlight the work of the Samaritans in the hope that other lives may be saved.
Very sad story but yes, how right to highlight the work of the Samaritans in the hope that other lives may be saved. cynicalsue
  • Score: 7

6:37pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Very sad story but yes, how right to highlight the work of the Samaritans in the hope that other lives may be saved.
He was a Doctor and would have known where to seek help as he would have advised patients about the sa
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: Very sad story but yes, how right to highlight the work of the Samaritans in the hope that other lives may be saved.[/p][/quote]He was a Doctor and would have known where to seek help as he would have advised patients about the sa Villagecranberry
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10:41am Mon 1 Sep 14

kingRichard3rd says...

R.i.p doctor and condolences to tha family members I feel sorry for the real doctors that do great good work by the end of the week doctors absorbed 1000, s of patients problems which does brush on them & cause depression & many other mental health problems & physical problems, I suffer depression & anxiety & my previous jobs was dealing with the public so I know people stress &what it can cause to ur mind constantly hearing peoples problems it can over load ur mind
R.i.p doctor and condolences to tha family members I feel sorry for the real doctors that do great good work by the end of the week doctors absorbed 1000, s of patients problems which does brush on them & cause depression & many other mental health problems & physical problems, I suffer depression & anxiety & my previous jobs was dealing with the public so I know people stress &what it can cause to ur mind constantly hearing peoples problems it can over load ur mind kingRichard3rd
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Blackgold says...

Sadly those in the helping professions can find it difficult to access help and support when they need it.
Sincere condolences to someone who was clearly as consummate, respected professional and a family man
Sadly those in the helping professions can find it difficult to access help and support when they need it. Sincere condolences to someone who was clearly as consummate, respected professional and a family man Blackgold
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