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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Man hanged himself in his bedroom, inquest told

A former Keswick sandwich shop owner committed suicide after struggling with feelings of inadequacy following bullying at school.

John David Bryson, 33, of the Bryson’s Bakery family, was found hanged in his bedroom by his mother Judith on November 12 last year.

Coroner David Roberts heard that Mr Bryson, of Borrowdale Road, had been receiving support and treatment from the community mental health team since May.

Psychiatric nurse Susan Ashton told the inquest in Cockermouth that Mr Bryson felt crushed inside because of bullying he had suffered as a boarder at St Bees School.

Despite having a supportive family and network of friends, Mr Bryson felt he did not fit in at Keswick.

He suffered mood swings and sometimes suicidal ideas and had cut himself in the past but said he would not harm himself because he had a young son.

Mr Bryson later became engaged to Gemma Willan and lived with her but their relationship broke down in October 2012.

Mr Bryson had captained the cricket team and played for Keswick, as well as running a successful sandwich shop business until he sold it and began a degree in social work.

He returned home from his work on a placement with a foster care agency in Workington on the day of his death.

His father John, said: “He sat down next to his mum with a huge smile on his face and spread his arms out. He said, ‘I have sorted a lot of things out today’. He seemed very much at peace and happy.”

In the early hours of November 12 Mr Bryson sent ambiguous text messages.

Mr Roberts said he was satisfied that Mr Bryson intended to kill himself and concluded that he took his life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

Mr Bryson senior said his son was a great guy. He added: “He was a wonderful cricketer, better than he believed. It’s so tragic that he had these problems.

“He found it very easy and fulfilling to help others but couldn’t do it for himself were his words.”

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