Mum who struggled to balance two jobs found hanged by husband in cellar

A woman who had to balance two jobs to cope with mounting debt was found hanged in the cellar of her home by her husband, an inquest heard on Friday.

Business owner Lisa Highton, 45, tragically took her own life at her home in Berry Brow, Huddersfield on January 22.

Bradford Coroner’s Court heard that Mrs Highton, who owned Bare Waxing and Beauty Specialists, in Honley, had struggled to manage two jobs and had fallen into debt, reports the Huddersfield Examiner .

The court was told that Mrs Highton had visited a GP in February 2017, complaining about ‘feeling on edge’ and that an ‘excessive workload’ had been ‘creeping up on her’.

She had told her doctor that she felt stressed and anxious and had been getting thoughts that she was ‘better off not being there’.

Mrs Highton was prescribed sertraline, an antidepressant, and was referred to mental health services.

But Mrs Highton, who had began to struggle with alcohol, was later discharged from the service after it was judged less suitable for her at the time. Instead she was referred to alcohol dependency services.

The court heard Mrs Highton had fallen into debt and that some of her bills had not been paid.

On the evening before she was found dead, Mrs Highton had given her daughter a picture frame with the slogan ‘always wear your invisible tiara’.

The girl noticed her mother looked sad but Mrs Highton assured her daughter that she was OK.

A few hours later Mrs Highton was found hanged by her husband. The inquest heard how emergency services attempted to revive Mrs Highton but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem concluded she had died as a result of asphyxia from hanging.

Alcohol at a level equal to six pints of beer and sertraline at a level slightly above a therapeutic dose were found in her blood.

Concluding that Mrs Highton had taken her life, Assistant Coroner Peter Merchant said: "This was an intentional act on the part of Lisa with the intention of ending her life."

A vigil for Mrs Highton was held at Castle Hill eight days after her death.

Friends of Mrs Highton held a charity head shave to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Honley Business Association, of which Mrs Highton was a member, dedicated their AGM to raising awareness of mental heath issues.

Speakers from The Samaritans and Andy’s Man Club provided advice on how to help those suffering from depression.

Whatever you’re going through, the Samaritans are there to listen any time, free from any phone on 116 123.

They are there round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information on how they can help, visit their website here .

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