A Bransholme grandad tragically took his own life on Christmas Day after a cancer diagnosis changed his lifestyle.

Barrie Goforth, of Tenterden Close, Bransholme, hung himself at home.

The 73-year-old was found in his doorway last year by his son and ex-wife after they had not heard from him all day.

Mr Goforth's mental health deteriorated after he diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. He then split from his wife the following October.

He used to live on a narrowboat which he enjoyed, but had to move in to a bungalow in March 2019 because of his cancer and this upset him.

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A public inquest held at Hull Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Goforth first started taking medication for his low mood and thoughts of self harm in January 2019.

He was placed in the care of Miranda House in October of the same year as a place of safety after telling family he planned to kill himself.

He was then taken in as a voluntary patients at Mill View Lodge for mental health care and then was assigned a mental health nurse to visit his home further to check on his welfare.

Evidence given by Mr Goforth's GP showed that he was on depression medication.

A psychiatric nurse who worked for the elderly mental health service team started to visit Mr Goforth on September 23 after he had gone in wife's home with a rope and said he planned to end his life.

The nurse gave evidence that Mr Goforth was stressed by separation from his wife of 35 years.

He was also depressed about his cancer, which he had declined further treatment for, and upset that he could no longer live on narrow boat and was in bungalow instead.

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She said Mr Goforth was diagnosed with adjustment disorder with brief depressive episodes and was on anti-depressants and was aware he could contact mental health services at any time.

Over the next three months before he committed suicide, the nurse visited Mr Goforth who had his "ups and downs" in mood.

He told her that he planned to spend Christmas with his son and he was going to cook lamb and had bought gifts for his grandson.

Mr Goforth's son last saw him on Christmas Eve to collect a present he had for his grandson and later received a call from his dad saying he was upset, to which he gave advice to call the mental health team.

After his son had repeatedly called Mr Goforth on Christmas Day with no answer, he went to the bungalow in the evening with his mum.

Paramedics attended and pronounced him dead.

Dr Ian Richmond carried out Mr Goforth's postmortem and gave the cause of death as hanging.

Assistant coroner Lorraine Harris gave a conclusion of suicide.