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Woman who felt ‘sick’ at thought of working with boss after row took own life

An inquest heard Chloe English, 24, had suffered from anxiety and depression and told her GP of her increasing work stress leading her to put in a grievance claim at her call centre job

Call centre worker Chloe English tragically took her own life at age 24

A young woman who felt sick at the prospect of going to work following a dispute with her boss tragically leapt to her death, an inquest has heard.

Chloe English, 24, from Brighouse, was working in a call centre and engaged to be married when she took her own life.

She died instantly when she fell from North Bridge, a Victorian iron and stone bridge, in Halifax in West Yorkshire, on May 14.

Assistant coroner Ian Pears heard evidence from her GP at Church Lane Surgery saying she had suffered from anxiety and depression and had taken an overdose in 2018, according to Examiner Live.




Chloe had begun a grievance procedure against her team leader before her death
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On the day she died, had been the subject of a missing persons search by West Yorkshire Police after her mother Carole Townsend reported her concerns to the force.

Her GP told the court: “It appeared she was suffering from increasing stress at work and had put in a formal grievance against the team leader and felt the relationship had broken down.

“She felt work was worsening her anxiety and going into work made her feel nauseous.”

Chloe was given several sick notes and it was agreed that her dose of the antidepressant, Escitalopram, would be increased to 20mg.





However the doctor explained to her in the short term her anxiety levels might increase and it would be two to three weeks before she noticed any benefit.

He said he was deeply sorry to hear of her death.

The court also heard that her father Richard English, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, said his daughter was a very caring person who loved animals and was excellent at dealing with customers’ problems at the call centre where she worked.

He said her anxiety and depression had been “compounded by the lockdown and isolation”.



The bridge the young woman tragically leapt from in Halifax, West Yorkshire (file photo)
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He expressed concerns to the coroner over her medical treatment, a demand for money made by the Department Work and Pensions (DWP) to Chloe, and his horror at the growing death toll on the bridge saying “he dreaded to think what the figures are”.

Mr Pears agreed with him about the death toll and said he would be writing to Calderdale Council to see what, if anything, could be done to prevent people using the bridge to take their own lives.

He concluded Chloe had taken her own life saying: “On 14 May Chloe English walked to North Bridge, deliberately climbed over a fence and died from a traumatic head injury.”

Following her death, Mr English, wrote: “My beautiful girl how my heart breaks to think I’ll never see you in this world again.







“I am struggling so hard with you leaving. I’m sorry you felt there was no way out of this monotonous world.”

While another friend wrote on her Facebook account: “I can’t believe I am writing this, still does not feel real. You were a beautiful girl, loved by so many.”

“I love your infectious laugh. I will miss you lots. I will cherish all the memories we had.”

If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch.


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