Tragic school nurse who killed herself aged 37 was ‘amazing mum’

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A grief-stricken daughter paid tribute to her "amazing" mum who took her own life at the age of just 37.

School nurse Gemma Triner was described as an "amazing woman" who loved her three children dearly as an inquest ruled her death suicide, Stoke Live reports.

Following the hearing, daughter Courtney Cornes, 19, said: "She brought me and my brothers up.

"She brought us up on her own. She had no support there from anyone, and she did an amazing job on all three of us. She just got on with life."

Courtney also revealed her mum was on the organ donor register.

She added: "She actually signed up for that when she was seven months pregnant with me.

"She renewed it in 2012 when she started working with the NHS. She loved that job. Her heart actually went to a children's hospital."

The inquest heard that Gemma, originally from Newcastle, had made two previous suicide attempts in February and May 2020 before taking her own life last October.

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Mental health staff reported that although Gemma had expressed regret that she had failed to take her own life, she explicitly stated that she did not wish to make another attempt.

According to reports from NHS staff, in the months up to her death Gemma’s condition had appeared to improve. She had started a new job as a school nurse and was flourishing.

But her mood then took a turn for the worse following what the coroner described as an "incident involving a stranger".

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The inquest heard she became more reclusive and started drinking. She killed herself on October 14.

Assessing whether Gemma had made her final attempt as a "cry for help" or intending to take or own life, senior coroner Andrew Barkley said: "There is little doubt in my mind about that. I find that that was her intention.

“Despite the help that she was receiving something acted as a trigger. I can exclude all other reasonable explanations.

"It seems there were some very troubling parts to her life."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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