FLEET STUDENT TAKES OWN LIFE

by For Fleet's Sake
 

FLEET STUDENT TAKES OWN LIFE

There has been devastating news today as the death of a Fleet student was confirmed during a hearing at Portsmouth.

The young man was named as Dominic Holmes, a first year economics student at the university of Bath and a previous student at Calthorpe Park School, who took his own life after fearing he could not cope with the university workload.

Dominic had previously been a maths supervisor at Farnborough Sixth Form College, achieving top A grades, until being furloughed due to the covid outbreak, using the time to care for his mother, who suffers from motor neurone disease.

However, during a trip home, the thought of returning to university became too much for Dominic to handle and the student took his own life by walking in front of a train at Winchfield railway station on 13th October 2020.

The inquest was told that Dominic had been prescribed beta blockers and a tranquilliser by the university, after reporting suffering “low mood”. Mr. Holmes, the father of Dominic, has criticised the university for the handling of the situation, stating that they should have sent his son, who was suffering from acute anxiety, home.

A 23 page note left by Dominic showed that he was concerned about “social anxiety and his integration with his friends”, according to local Hampshire coroner Christopher Wilkinson, after he recorded a verdict of suicide. Mr Wilkinson stated that “He has expressed in no uncertain terms he doesn’t feel like he belongs in himself and in the world and also expressed fears he may not be clever enough to achieve what he wanted to achieve academically.”

Dominic’s family have raised £5000 through a JustGiving appeal page for a memorial to him.

Our thoughts go out to Dominic’s family.

If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or other mental health issues, please seek help. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email them at jo@samaritans.org

Local Councillor Steve Forster has recently setup a mental health charity specifically to help young people, called “Sasha’s Project“, after his daughter who he tragically lost at the age of 20.

For more information about Sasha’s project please view their Facebook Page.


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