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A man whose diabetes made him particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus took his own life during his first confinement because he “ couldn’t bear the thought of living alone, ” an investigation has heard.
Daniel Furniss, 34, who lived alone in Waterlooville, Hampshire, was found dead in his home on March 27, a few days after the country was ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
An investigation in the Portsmouth Coroner’s Court heard that the 34-year-old’s mental health worsened after his Personal Independence Pay benefit was suspended and due to lockdown rules.
At the hearing it was reported that Mr. Furniss, who also had depression, had also been bullied for his s*xuality and had struggled with the death of his ex-partner four years earlier.
Daniel Furniss, 34, who lived alone in Waterlooville, Hampshire, took his own life during the first coronavirus lockdown, a +2 investigation has heard
Daniel Furniss, 34, who lived alone in Waterlooville, Hampshire, took his own life during the first coronavirus lockdown, an investigation has heard.
His mother, Anita Harper-Sterling, said: ‘I couldn’t bear the thought of living alone.
“He hadn’t been sleeping well, he was worried about the Covid.”
In giving a suicide verdict, Coroner Jason Pegg said: ‘He was a colorful man, a sociable man and a well-liked man.
‘In February / March, Dan had one of his key benefits stopped, which did not help his situation and added to his problems.
In March, Covid-19 raised its head within this country and indeed globally, and the evidence I’ve heard is that Dan knew that he was going to have a hard time having to shut it down.
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“He couldn’t bear the thought of staying and despite offers made by a supportive family, Dan wanted to stay living where he had made his home.”
After her death, Furniss’ sister Chelsea said better guidance should have been given to people with mental health problems who needed to isolate themselves.
She said: ‘Dan had a long history of mental health issues and one of the things he struggled with was being alone.
“He lived alone but went out every day. Dan had diabetes and was classified as a high risk person, so after the confinement he was unable to get out, which we believe pushed him to the limit.
We were concerned that it was isolated and we kept in touch, but we couldn’t see it. We did our best and let him know that we were there for him.
“More could be done to help struggling people while isolating themselves. Hopefully what happened with Dan can raise awareness of these issues. ‘
Sister Chelsea (left) has said that better guidance should be given to those with mental health problems who need to self-isolate
In April, Ms. Furniss described how her brother “brought so much joy into everyone’s life” and was “a big boy at heart.”
Fondly remembering her brother, she said: “ He always dressed so bright and colorful, I couldn’t miss him. ”
‘Dan brought a lot of joy to everyone’s life. Although he was 34 years old, deep down he was just a big kid. ‘
Speaking at the time, she also said that her family was “ completely overwhelmed and touched by the generosity of the people, especially in a time of such difficulty ” after GoFundMe raised almost £ 2,000 for her brother’s funeral.
“I was not expecting that reaction at all, especially since I know that everyone else is having such struggles and difficulties right now.”
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