Girl, 17, hanged herself after 'badly' struggling during lockdown with school work and her body image, inquest hears

A TEENAGE girl took her own life after struggling "badly" with her body image and feelings of isolation during lockdown, an inquest has heard today.

Darcy Hollinson, 17, was found hanged in her bedroom at the family home in Tavistock, Devon last April.


A coroner heard the youngster, who lived with her parents and siblings, had felt excluded from friendship groups.

She'd been having a hard time sleeping and was suffering with bulimia, despite the support of her "lovely" boyfriend, the inquest at Exeter Coroner's Court heard.

Darcy, a sixth form pupil at Plymouth High School for Girls, had exchanged messages with a female friend just 30 minutes before she died.

The pair spoke about relationships and their mental health, as well as suicide and the impact it would have on their boyfriends.

She'd also seen a child psychiatrist that day.

The expert said Darcy was "planning for the future" and hadn't expressed any indication she was planning to take her own life.

The court heard lockdown had affected the teen "quite badly", and she'd had a difficult time adjusting to the isolation.

'SO DIFFICULT TO BEAR'

Darcy had also suffered panic attacks.

A post-mortem concluded she died of hanging. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Senior coroner Philil Spinney said Darcy self harmed and suffered with body image and low mood as she battled a depressive illness.

Offering his condolences to her devastated family, Mr Spinney said the tragedy was "very difficult to bear".

It was heard that Darcy had previously taken an overdose in January 2018.

She then engaged with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

However, in October 2019 she was in a "low mood and not enjoying sixth form", it was said.

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In March 2020 she took a second overdose.

Mr Spinney recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

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