Woman, 51, took her own life after ‘sudden realisation’ she was too old to have children

June 28, 2017
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A 51-year-old woman killed herself after the ‘sudden realisation’ that she was too old to have children.

Joanne Moller wrote detailed suicide notes which even stated when her beloved dog had last been fed before she took her own life, an inquest heard yesterday .

Ms Moller, of Lydney, Glos, sent a card to her sister on January 27 telling her she was off to Rodmore Woods.

Her body was found the following day by the Severn Area Rescue Association.

She was kneeling in a foetal position with a number of tablets and a note nearby confirming she intended to take her own life, the Gloucester inquest was told.

Two further notes were found with detailed instructions for her family as to what she wanted, including a note giving the last time her dog was fed.

The court heard that Ms Moller had been suffering moderate depression, chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia, which were being treated by her GP.

She had been on the mental health ‘radar’ since 2007 and her anxiety and suicidal ideation had been a long-standing problem for her.

A GP report confirmed she had been engaging with mental health services including the local crisis team but she had cancelled various appointments, the last being on January 27 when she went missing.

An earlier appointment on December 30 last year had confirmed she had suicidal ideation but she told her GP she had no plans to act on these thoughts.

The GP report said she was entering the menopause and had been showing concerns for her physical health as well as facing up to the fact she could not have children.

Senior Gloucestershire Coroner Katie Skerrett said “It is clear from the medical report she was suffering significantly with her mental and physical health but she was engaging with the crisis team and her GP.

“There seemed to be a particularly low point in January where she was feeling isolated and the sudden realisation she couldn’t have children. Also, her relationship had broken down.”

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mrs Skerrett said “I am satisfied she intended to take her life.

“She took time to write detailed notes even including when her dog was last fed. She took herself where she knew she wouldn’t be found.”

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