A young, autistic woman who took her own life was 'insecure' and concerned about her appearance - and fell victim to Facebook trolls, an inquest heard.
Jade Turner, 25, built a large following on her social media page, but had few friends. She had depression, which worsened when a boyfriend cheated on her.
The catering assistant spoke openly about taking her life online - and even suggested she would go to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to be euthanized.
She also booked into a seaside hotel where she spent the weekend crying to herself, an inquest into her death heard.
On July 29 last year, Miss Turner, from Bolton, sent messages to her mother saying ‘I love you mum’ and ‘I‘m sorry’ before taking a fatal overdose.
Earlier, she had messaged her dad saying she intended to take a cocktail of drugs.
She was later found dead in her flat after her father raised the alarm.
The Bolton inquest was told Miss Turner had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and autism aged 18 and had enrolled on a 'living with autism' course.
She was said to have 'hated' her condition and often isolated herself. The inquest heard she did not have many friends, despite having 2,000 Facebook followers.
Miss Turner's mother Lesley Robinson told the hearing: “After the diagnosis the depression she suffered with got worse.
"She always wanted to be on her own. She had a relationship with a boy and that ended and then met someone [else] and moved in with him for six months.
"She seemed happy at first but then there were problems with the relationship and Jade moved in with me. She wanted to be independent and joined a separate living group - she had to leave after 12 months and moved into a flat.
"She saw it as a new adventure. One of her many problems was Facebook. She got a lot of trolls and got into Facebook relationships with boys. She met people she knew on Facebook in real life, but she became concerned about her appearance and felt insecure.
''The last boyfriend became violent and sent a picture of him with another woman in bed and this destroyed her. This badly affected her and broke down their relationship. Her depression became worse. Nothing could change her mind and she had thought she would end her own life.
"We would sit together and talk about how she felt but nothing to change her mind set. She hated her condition and said she was stuck with it for life.
“One Saturday, July 28, we met up and had coffee. She sent me a message later and I said ‘stay strong’. Nothing was different that day.
“I had a message from her saying ‘I love you mum’ and ‘I‘m sorry’ at about 9pm. On Sunday I had a text from her father saying he couldn’t get hold of her. She had never done any harm to herself before. She didn’t have many friends, she just had people on Facebook.”
Miss Turner's father Mark said: “When she didn’t want to speak to me she would ignore calls and texts then speak to me later.
“She then sent me a text saying she was going to end her life. She even mentioned going to Switzerland to end her life by euthanasia. I was not aware that she did anything to hurt herself.
“She would get down and said her condition was getting her down. She couldn’t hold down a job and found it hard to find a job.
“She felt lonely and would come over sometimes but would always go home, she would never stay. She didn’t have many friends, she spoke to a few neighbours but she always wanted to move and wasn’t happy there.
“I saw her on July 8 and she came for tea and she seemed normal. She was quiet and glued to her phone.
“She was always on her phone and kept it very private. She didn’t make much conversation. She went to Blackpool on July 21 as she wasn’t working at the time. She went to Blackpool on her own and got a hotel room and just cried.
“She liked the hotel as her last boyfriend had taken her there before and she said she just wanted to get away from Bolton for a weekend. I tried to contact her and get her counselling sessions but she said they wouldn’t help.
“A text message to me said she didn’t want to be here anymore and she had already planned the day and everything. She said ‘I have made my mind up’.
"I asked her to try and tried to persuade her. On July 25 she sent me a message which said she wanted to end her life and would take a cocktail of drugs on Friday.
“I got a text from her on July 28 saying ‘I love you’ with kisses. I tried contacting her on July 28 and had no reply.
“When I was at the flat there was no response so I called the police and feared the worst. She was found collapsed in the bedroom. She was in her nightclothes and nightgown. The police showed me notes on suicide instructions in her handwriting nearby.”
Police found a 'book on suicide' in Miss Turner's bedroom and she left notes in her phone to individual family members.
Jodie Wood,a senior mental health practitioner, told the hearing: “I saw her on July 5 for an initial assessment. She was experiencing low mood following her relationship breakdown.
"She expressed she was searching for ways to end her life but had no intention to do this. She said she became obsessed with this and said it was down to her autism.
“I recommended her for a 'living with autism course' and referred her for CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy]. I know the doctor wouldn’t give her medication, she had been buying it online. She said she had no intention to complete the act and that she had future plans.
“She said she had tablets in her home for a while and had no thoughts to take them. She was scared of dying and wouldn’t end her life for the fear it wouldn’t work.''
Coroner Alan Walsh recorded a conclusion of suicide, saying: “I am satisfied she had a number of complexities. She had a number of relationships of which none were sustained. Some were bad for her and had a bad effect on her.
“She had continuous support from her mother and father. There were times where she isolated herself. You as parents could not have done any more to help her. She was someone who suggested she was going to harm herself and end her life.
"She gave details as to when it was going to happen and she was quite articulate, and she told people and made notes with an articulate mind.
“She was a very attractive lady and it is very sad she had to live with autism and what it must have been like for her.”
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