Woman Commits Suicide After Struggling With Depression

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Shirley Jensen, 41, committed suicide on Sept. 29, 2014, after suffering from depression.

Her mother, Winifred Barber, 63, noted that she had previously said she was going through the three most stressful things that can happen to a person. 

“She said jokingly the three most stressful things that can happen to a person were all happening to her at the same time: She ended her relationship, started a new job and moved house,” Barber said. "But she seemed to be taking it in her stride. She was enjoying the new job and the new challenge.”

When Jensen was 18, she became addicted to drugs. After being arrested and serving three months in jail for possessing illegal substances, she became sober at the age of 20.

She went on to get an education, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Sociology with Information and Communications.

At an inquisition, Barber said, “She attended Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and helped other women to get over their experience of drugs and alcohol. Despite her problem with her record, she was always in regular employment or studying. She was never idle.”

After her workplace shut down, Jensen was employed as an office manager with a property firm in July. She also broke up with her boyfriend Chris of five years and moved into a new home. 

Barber knew her daughter was seeking mental health help, but she didn’t understand how serious the situation was. “She always seemed to find a solution by discussing things with close friends, reading self-help books, and she had used other counsellors in the past," Barber said. "She always tried to find a positive solution to any problem she had.”

Jensen’s body was found hanging in her home, next to a note which read, “I’m sorry.”

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