Mum urged son, 23, to come home for his mental health weeks before he took own life

A mother urged her son to come home for his mental health weeks before he took his own life, an inquest heard.

Jack Kelly, 23, was found dead in the bathroom of his Salford flat in Greater Manchester on September 14, after enjoying a drink with his boyfriend and a friend just one night before.

Described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘kind-hearted’ and inquest heard Jack was unhappy in his retail job in the weeks leading up to his death.

His mother urged him to go home to Plymouth so she could help ‘bring him out of the darkness he was suffering’.

He was found hanged just weeks later, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Bolton Coroners’ Court heard Mr Kelly, originally from Plymouth, moved to Manchester for university and stayed in Salford after graduating.

He met his boyfriend Jamie Docherty while working at a nightclub last year. The pair moved into a flat together on Elmira Way, Ordsall.

On September 13 – the night before his death – Mr Kelly met Mr Docherty and a friend for a couple of drinks.

The court heard Mr Docherty left early as he had work the next day. Mr Kelly stayed out.

Mr Docherty woke the following morning, at around 6am, before realising Mr Kelly had not returned home.

After going to work, text Mr Kelly throughout the morning, until he received a message which ‘didn’t really make sense’.

Mr Docherty attempted to call his partner, but he didn’t answer his phone.

He used the ‘Find my Friends’ app to trace Mr Kelly’s location. His device showed him at home. Mr Docherty assumed he was sleeping, the court heard.

Later that day, at around 3.30pm, Mr Docherty asked their flatmate to check on Mr Kelly in his bedroom.

The bedroom was empty. The flatmate then found Mr Kelly unresponsive in the bathroom.

Emergency services were called, but he was sadly pronounced dead at 4.20pm.

The court heard Mr Kelly, who worked as a sales manager, told doctors about his depression.

His mother Alison Bingham said her son “struggled with his mental health” and overdosed in 2017.

During calls in the weeks leading up to his death, Mr Kelly told her he had been feeling down.

His mum asked him to go home, but did “not get the chance to help him”.

In a statement, she said she wished her son had “never moved to Manchester” and described him as a “wonderful son, brother and friend to many”.

The court heard Mr Kelly’s flatmate noticed he had been withdrawn and down for several weeks.

She knew he had been unhappy at work and tried to get him a job at Selfridges where she worked, but there were no positions available.

Mr Kelly had taken cocaine prior to his death, a post mortem revealed.

The court heard there were traces of cocaethylene in his blood, meaning he had been drinking alcohol while using the drug.

The level of alcohol in his blood meant he would have been feeling moderately drunk, which could have ‘resulted in emotional instability’.

Police confirmed there was no evidence of criminality or third-party involvement.

Coroner Alan Walsh recorded a concluded of suicide.

Before concluding the inquest, he said: “I am extremely sad that at the age of 23 and with his life before him, he should end his life in this circumstance.

“He was clearly intelligent having studied at university and was well-liked.

“He loved his family and friends and had many friends who will sadly miss him.

“He will miss seeing his family grow and his life potential not achieved.”

Paying tribute to him, Mr Kelly’s boyfriend Mr Docherty previously said: “Jack was a beautiful person, he was cheeky, a bit of a rule breaker, generous and kind-hearted. He also loved being centre of attention.

“Jack lit up the lives of so many people. He leaves behind his beautiful family and friends, who adored him and that he loved dearly, especially his nan Yvonne, his mum Alison and his best friends Reece and Will.

“He was the most beautiful person I have ever seen and although too short, our time together was the best time of my life.”