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MetiNews.Com - The Lancaster University lecturer died after a long battle with depression and bipolar disorder, an inquest heard
Breaking News ! A university lecturer who dedicated her career to improving mental health treatment took her own life two days into lockdown, a inquest heard. Dr Naomi Ruth Fisher was found dead at her home on March 25. Coroner James Newman concluded the 42-year-old had died from suicide after a long battle with depression and bipolar disorder, LancsLive reports. Dr Fisher was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, but later relocated to Lancaster in order to work as a researcher and lecturer at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at the city's university. The academic had published 15 separate papers concerning the affects of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness experiments since 2011, the inquest heard. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our newsletter to get the latest headlines from the M.E.N. Read More Related Articles Young people 'living in constant fear'... pandemic sees more children affected by domestic violence She was sectioned in late 2019 before she was discharged in January 2020 with community support and medication. But, by February 2020, it is believed that Dr Fisher's mental health illness had become increasingly unstable. Dr Fisher's brother, Benjamin Fisher, told the inquest in Preston he last spoke to his sibling on March 18. She was having to work from home following the implementation of lockdown restrictions. Don't suffer in silence Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch. Mind 0300 123 3393 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Visit www.mind.org.uk CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.
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But Mr Fisher said that while his sister was expressing normal worries related to the pandemic, she had not expressed any severe concerns. Dr Fisher had some previous history of attempting self harm, but, according to reports from colleagues and friends, there was no indication that she was suicidal. She had been going on near daily runs with her friend Clare Hardy, hoping to keep up her spirits. Ms Hardy had planned to meet Dr Fisher for a run on March 24 but had to cancel due to lockdown. After texting Dr Fisher and receiving no reply Ms Hardy decided to visit her home on Wellington Road, Lancaster, to check on her. She couldn't get into the house but returned the next day. When she looked through the letter box she saw Dr Fisher was deceased within her home. One of Dr Fisher's neighbour's, Caroline Madden, reported seeing the 42-year-old on March 25, before she was found dead. Ms Madden says she passed Dr Fisher when she was going to the shops at around 11am. Dr Fisher told Ms Madden that she had been feeling a bit low and was described by her neighbour as appearing 'miles away'. A toxicology report found no high levels of drugs or harmful substances in her body but found she had levels of alcohol in her system consistent with intoxication.
Dr Fisher's colleagues at Lancaster University paid tribute to her in a statement. They said: "To many at the University Dr Naomi Fisher wasn’t only a work colleague, but also a friend. "A thinker, a collaborator and a great team player, she gave 100 per cent to the things she was involved in from supporting students to carrying out research. "As a member of the University’s Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, she was passionate about getting high quality, evidenced based services out to people in order to improve their lives. "We remember her beautiful singing voice and her love of the mountains, the times she spent with us on shared bike rides, walks and running. "She leaves behind a legacy of commitment to her work, of activism and of deep compassion for others."
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