A 32-year-old woman from Witney who suffered from bipolar disorder ‘seemed much better’ before she took her own life, her mum has said.
Samantha Ley was found dead at her home in Dale Walk, Ducklington, by her landlady on August 31 last year.
Miss Ley’s mum Carolyn Ley last saw her daughter three days before her death and said she had just started to be social again.
She said: “Sam worked really hard. She just started being social again.
“I had lunch with her on the Friday and she was very positive.
“She was not down in any way.
“She seemed so much better.”
An inquest into Miss Ley’s death was held at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court in New Road, Oxford last Thursday.
The court heard how Miss Ley had taken an overdose in 2011 while visiting her partner in Spain.
In a statement read out during the inquest Miss Ley’s mum said: “When she went to the doctor in Spain they prescribed her anti-depressants.
“She took an overdose of medication and drank alcohol.”
Miss Ley started receiving treatment at Abingdon Mental Health Centre at Abingdon Community Hospital in Marcham Road from clinical psychologist Rachel Manser in 2011.
Ms Manser said: “Sam must have deteriorated very quickly before her death.
“I was very saddened to hear that she had died.
“Sam said she was pleased with the changes she had made but was worried the progress we’d made would not last. But by the end of our sessions Sam seemed much more positive.”
“My sincerest condolences to her family.”
She attended 11 sessions with Ms Manser between October 2014 and March 2015.
Assistant coroner for Oxfordshire Nicholas Graham ruled Miss Ley’s death as suicide.
He said: “I don’t think it will come as a surprise that the short form conclusion is suicide.”
He told her mum: “I realise its very difficult for you. You obviously played a very important role in supporting her during her very difficult times.”
In her statement Ms Ley added: “She was a thrill seeker and this was something I think she used to help manage her condition. She was a bundle of fun.”