A Nurse Who Expected Too Much From Her Online Friends Ends Up Dead

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A nurse studying medicine at Salford University posted a photo of a person on a noose hanging over them with the caption:

“Please do not pity me I know.”

Joanne Birt, 39, was said to have expected her online friends to save her, she left her front door open.

It is thought that no one saw the message on time, as she was found by her lodger hanged in the kitchen.

Further investigation found that Ms. Birt had been suffering from low moods since her mother passed in 2006. She was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Risk Taker

Joanne’s sister Amanda Carney said:

“She was quite lonely and that did begin to manifest itself more and more.”

She also added that her sister has impulsive thoughts and had resulted to online dating sites.

“I think she had impulsive thoughts and anything else exacerbated that. She had risk taking behavior. A couple of Christmases ago she flew off to Italy staying with someone she met on the internet for a few days.”

I Won’t Be Here Long

Joanne’s father, John Birk, said that when her mother passed Joanne said:

“Don’t worry, dad, I won’t be here long.”

He also added:

“She had definitely got worse in the last 12 months. When I spoke to her last she said ‘I’m going to commit suicide’. I said go on then if you’re going to do it and I feel guilty about that more than anything ever. It keeps in my head that if the lodger who found her hadn’t been late he could have stopped her.”

A Plea Of Help

Coroner Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion of misadventure, saying:

“Joanne very highly thought of and very popular at work and very competent at work. There are different ways people deal with grief and it couldn’t have been anticipated that for Jo her grief would manifest in the deterioration of her mental health and causing her 10 year spiral. During those ten years she had the support from her family who she would use as a shoulder to cry on and a listening post and they did that for her. It seems to me she seemed to want help in bursts and she would seek it over the years. This was a lady whose mood would be changing daily and the day before she did she was seen smiling driving her car. But then we heard from Mr Scott saying she said that she was fed up. These were rather unusual circumstances. The posting on Facebook at 8.30 that night. Mr Scott spoke to her throughout the day from 2pm to 9.30pm. The leaving of the door open and expecting the lodger to come back stop her from doing what she was doing and expecting somebody in Facebook-land to have done something. She died because of a deliberate act but I cannot go that step further and say it was an intentional act to end her life.”

Image via Pixabay.

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