Retired nurse took her own life, inquest hears

Norfolk Coroner's Court.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A retired nurse who suffered from depression took her own life, an inquest has heard.

Diana Slade, 71, died in Cromer on November 6 last year. She had lived on Hartington Road. 

The inquest into her death at Norfolk Coroners Court on Thursday (November 25) heard she had been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.

Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk

Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk - Credit: Simon Finlay

In 2013, a fall affected her mobility, speech and memory and at the time of her death, she was feeling low and anxious about friendships and moving house, the inquest heard.

On November 6, concerns were raised for her whereabouts and police mounted a search before finding her body on the seafront.

The medical cause of death was drowning.

Julie Burns, community health nurse, described Mrs Slade as "caring, kind and charismatic".

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Senior coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake recorded a verdict of suicide.

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