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'HELP MAY HAVE SAVED THIS LIFE'.

Byline: By JEAN PARRY South Wales Echo

A depressed man who hanged himself after the break-up of a relationship with his partner could have been saved if he had the help he needed, a coroner said. Mark William Williams, 32, from Porthcawl was prescribed anti-depressants but faced a two-year waiting list to see a psychiatrist, an inquest in Pontypridd heard.

His mother, Beryl Williams, found him hanging from the attic at their home in Hazelwell Road last October with a suicide note nearby.

Glamorgan coroner Philip Walters said: 'He was someone who really needed help and assistance and if you were told there would be a two-year delay, that is a delay which is unacceptable. He was someone who desperately needed help. I'm not saying the agencies let him down in any way, but he was someone if he had the appropriate help and assistance might well have been alive today.'

Mr Walters recorded a suicide verdict on Mr Williams, who, said his mother in a statement, started drinking regularly after splitting from his partner, with whom he had two children. After the split, he lost his job and being unemployed 'hit him very badly'.

Mrs Williams said: 'He felt suicidal and said he was going to take his life. I begged a doctor to come out but they said they could not and he should go to the surgery.

'He went to the surgery and was issued with a sick note and anti-depressants but to see a psychiatrist he would have to wait two years.'
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