Art Expert Committed Suicide After She Told her Brother That She Was Suffering from Stress at Work

Art Expert Committed Suicide After She Told her Brother That She Was Suffering from Stress at Work

A Sotheby art expert committed suicide after telling her brother she had “problems at work” an inquest was told.
Sophie Trevelyan Thomas 29 hanged herself after telling her brother that she was suffering from stress at work whilst working in the auction house Westminster Coroner’s Court heard yesterday.
She was an Old Masters expert who had worked at Sotheby’s for six years but was said to have a hard to time coping with her workload in the months before her death The Times said.
She had also confessed to having suicidal thoughts about her upcoming 30th birthday which would have been next Sunday.
Police discovered a suicide note in a book near her body which she had written “can’t cope anymore” in.
Her brother William found her body in her flat in Battersea South London last November after he went to see her when she didn’t respond to messages about a family meal.
William told a paramedic that his sister’s “problems at work” had aggravated her depression.
Amy Matheson a clinical psychologist told the inquest that she first treated Ms Trevelyan Thomas in 2007 after she had been burgled at her home and was experiencing anxiety and insomnia.
She gave a statement saying that Ms Trevelyan Thomas told Ms Matheson that she was experiencing a lack of motivation and energy and was “feeling sad all the time.”
She also told her that she was unhappy working at Sotheby’s and was planning her resignation in the New Year.
She had dismissed suicide because “it was not easy to do and it would be awful for her mother” Ms Matheson told the inquest.
Her doctor prescribed antidepressants to Ms Trevelyan Thomas after she told them she had a “low mood”.
GP Shelia Fitzgerald said that her patient said she had “fleeting” thoughts about taking her own life before her next birthday but said that she had never seen evidence of self harming or suicide attempts.
The coroner William Dolman recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of her mind was disturbed. He went on to say that Ms Trevelyan Thomas was “someone who had achieved a great deal during her life but found work pressurised and was thinking of resigning from her post in the new year”.
He said: “She was undoubtedly suffering a psychological condition at the time”.
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