Mum, 25, killed herself two days after emailing assisted dying clinic Dignitas telling them 'I don't want this life'

A MUM has killed herself just two days after emailing assisted dying clinic Dignitas saying she wanted to end her life.

Hannah Jean Elizabeth Martin, 25, was found dead at her home in Bilsborrow, Lancashire, in January last year.

Two days before her death, she had contacted assisted dying clinic Dignitas by e-mail and wrote: "I want to die. I don't want this life I have been given," Lancashire Live reported.

Dignitas is a Switzerland-based clinic that provides assisted/accompanied suicide to those suffering from a terminal illness or severe physical or mental illnesses.

At an inquest on Wednesday at Accrington Town Hall, her family said the 25-year-old had been struggling with her mental health since she was a teenager.

Her mum Louise Whelan said Hannah "lit up the room when she entered it and was the life and soul of the party".

"But she wasn't able to cope with things at certain times and we were used to rallying round her and trying to make things better".

According to Mrs Whelan, Hannah had been admitted to hospital after an overdose at the age of 15.

In 2018, she got a job as a prison officer at HMP Liverpool.

"I was so proud of her," her mum said.

On January 14, 2019, eight days before she was found dead, Hannah went to her GP John Miles with her mum and had taken some notes with her where she had written details of her mental health state.

"She said she hadn't been honest before but she was going to be now," Mrs Whelan said.

"She wanted to come clean about how she was feeling and get some help."

Dr Miles who was concerned about what Hannah told him, called Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust mental health crisis team.

Hannah received a call from mental health nurse Cath Lupton shortly afterwards.

Mrs Lupton who carried out a phone assessment told the inquest that she would have considered Hannah to be "medium" risk and booked her for a face-to-face appointment on January 31.

The coroner stated that this 17-day gap was a "longer than average" waiting time for a non-urgent referral with the service, which is usually 10 days.

Hannah's friend Rachel Burrow said she later told her the phone call was "s***".

She added: "She told me the crisis team didn't care and they could only give her an appointment on January 31 which [Hannah said] wasn't soon enough and she felt like it was ages off."

On January 21, Miss Burrow went to pick up her children from school, where Hannah's daughter also attended.

She spotted the girl with the teacher and thought "something didn't sit quite right."

She told the inquest: "I tried ringing her, on her mobile and landline, but there was no answer."

She went to Hannah's home, where she met Daniel Walton, the father of one of Hannah's children.

Mr Walton smashed a window to get into the house where they found Hannah dead.

Hannah's brother Ben told the coroner that after his sister's death he looked through her internet search history, emails, and diary entries and found thatshe had been researching suicide methods and had contacted Dignitas.

When asked whether the impression he got was that she was thinking of taking her own life without any pain, the man replied "yes."

The inquest will continue today and is expected to conclude on Friday.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.

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,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123
  • Movember,
  • Anxiety UK, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm


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