A woman struggling with her mental health during the first coronavirus lockdown was found hanged in the garage at her Staffordshire home by her husband.
Melanie Birch had made suicide attempts the previous year.
And then when the pandemic hit, her state of mind deteriorated further.
An inquest into her death heard she went to bed on August 19 without expressing any concerns and woke up the following day at 6am.
When her husband got up at 9.45am, he noticed the keys to garage were missing and then made the discovery, StaffordshireLive reports.
Chris Dolby, a registered mental health nurse with Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said the 64-year-old was referred by her GP to the mental health team on June 8, 2020.
He told the hearing: “She was seen by two consultant psychiatrists on three occasions who were of the understanding she had a severe depressive episode.”
In August a psychiatrist confirmed she had a depressive disorder with potential psychosis.
Mr Dolby added: “She had difficulties in the last four or five years where she took early retirement from work and had difficulties with covid-19, particularly during the lockdown.
“She had low moods, loss of energy and weight loss.”
She had been on antidepressants which helped her sleep and this dose was later increased.
The inquest heard that she had had previous suicidal thoughts but these appeared to have lessened.
Mr Dolby added: “There is no evidence she reported suicidal thoughts to anyone [recently] and had made reassurances to her family that she had no intention to kill herself.
“She was looking after herself and leaving the house and was sleeping better.”
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh asked if Covid-19 had made this situation worse and Mr Dolby said: “The restrictions affected her mental health and exasperated her deterioration. We still visited her and met her in her garden.”
He also added that she did not leave a farewell note but said that was not unusual.
Mr Haigh said Ms Birch intended to kill herself but was affected by her mental health at the time.
He gave her cause of death as hanging and recorded a verdict that she had committed suicide at home in Chaseley Avenue, Rugeley, while depressed.
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