Bradley Whittle,19years, had left a voicemail message to his dad and mum saying, ‘see you on the other side’, before his death. Bradley, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, played for Charnock Richard Football Club in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division and had suffered from drug addiction and gambling debts.
The youngster referred himself to the charity Addaction and was prescribed antidepressants but he became suicidal and attempted to die by suicide in the months before his death, which occurred on May 15, 2019, near Wigan North train station.
The parents of the business administration assistant questioned whether he should have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after staff had discharged him following a 15-minute assessment in A&E, where he was advised to get support at home.
Bradley’s mum, Dianne, told the Bolton hearing: ‘Bradley had a normal and very happy childhood. He was a talented footballer, he excelled at school, had a good social life and a good circle of friends.‘But at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, my husband and I became aware that Bradley was suffering from personal and financial issues as a result of substance abuse and gambling.
He started a relationship that broke down in early 2019, and as a consequence of that breakdown, he started going to a mental health support group.’ She continued: ‘He tried to reassure the clinicians he had no concerns and that he was doing quite well and he was fine but soon afterward in March 2019, Bradley started to talk about ending his own life and as a consequence of that, the family requested that he seek his GP’s help. ‘He was seen by the GP and started on the antidepressant Sertraline to treat his depression.
But very sadly the antidepressants didn’t really help.’ She explained that on one previous occasion in March, police were alerted after a suicide note was found and that some of his appointments were being canceled – though they were not sure whether this was by Bradley or the service.
‘At 17, Bradley suffered from cocaine misuse and was attending meetings and group sessions every Thursday evening. He was well-liked by everyone. ‘When he turned 18 he was transferred to adult services, but he still asked to see me as his worker as he knew me from the sessions. Read Here