Family of DJ who jumped from multi-storey car park say medication caused suicide – Mirror.co.uk

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Family of DJ who jumped from multi-storey car park say medication caused suicide – Mirror.co.uk

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The family of a troubled DJ who jumped to his death from the top of a multi-storey car park fear his medication may have triggered suicidal thoughts, an inquest has heard.

In the months before his death, Jackson Cummings, 41, had scoured the internet for cases of other people on the anti-depressant Seroxat who were experiencing adverse symptoms.

His inquest on Friday heard he had been taking the drug for 21 years but the “effects had started to be worse than his anxiety” and he wanted to give it up.

And on the eve of his 42nd birthday, the DJ took his own life at a car park, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports today.

Speaking at the inquest, Jackson’s heartbroken mum Viv said: “The effects had started to be worse than his anxiety. But you can’t come off it – that’s the problem.”



Jackson Cummings, 41, jumped to his death from a multi-storey car park

The hearing was told Jackson suffered from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and had a longstanding habit of altering the amount of medication he took without consulting doctors.

The inquest was told there was a ‘possibility’ his decision to wean himself off Seroxat placed him at increased risk of suicide.

It emerged Jackson had not asked doctors if he could come off the drug.

The evidence led to North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley recorded a conclusion of suicide and said it was a ‘concern’ that Jackson was ‘making his own adjustments’ to his medication.

“That is a significant risk in that it can give rise to a relapse,” he said.

Jackson, of Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, told mental health services of his intermittent suicidal thoughts, but had no plans to act on them. He agreed to stay on his medication and was due to be assessed again in a few weeks.



The family, who shared photos taken before the DJ’s funeral, shared their heartbreak



Jackson’s family and friends gather before his funeral earlier this year

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But he ended his life before then, on January 15 this year.

Viv continued: “He was un-showered and unkempt, with a deep sense of hopelessness.

“I just don’t want anybody else to go through what we’ve been through. This Seroxat must be stopped.”

Psychiatrist Dr Harron Rashid, who saw Jackson the day before his death, said there was ‘no evidence’ the anti-depressant triggered ‘suicidal ideation’ in adults.

In a statement after the hearing, the family paid tribute to Jackson’s ‘amazing legacy’. They added: “We must now work in Jackson’s name to help other vulnerable young men.”

If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or by emailing  jo@samaritans.org

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