Ann Burdett was a 51-year-old nurse who worked at Royal Stoke University Hospital in the United Kingdom.
Burdett had previously attempted suicide twice because of work stress. She was discovered in a mill pond where she drowned on the same day that she had an appointment with a mental health provider.
According to investigators her first attempt at suicide was on May 19th. She returned from the mill pond covered in mud when she was unsuccessful. She was immediately referred to mental health services.
But on May 26th she was recovered alive from the water at Bishops Offley, near Eccleshall.
Andrew Ward, her fiance, said she suffered from stress with her employment as a nurse at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Ms. Burdett was a nurse for 25 years. Her specialty was neonatal intensive care.
She was working long hours during the weeks prior to her death.
Her alcohol level was three and a half times the legal driving limit.
She was reported missing around 6am and was found at 4pm
The coroner's cause of death was drowning.
She took her life on the day she was to see mental health services.
The 51-year-old had made two previous suicide attempts and took her life on the day she was to see mental health services
According to Jane Hambleton, manager of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said Ms. Burdett "appeared reluctant to be seen by the community mental health team".
"She talked about her previous suicide attempts and said it had been a half-hearted attempt to end her life."
"She said she no longer had thoughts of suicide but the clinical team had concerns".
"The clinical team didn't push on having her as an in-patient because she was reluctant to be seen by mental health services and they were concerned it would exacerbate the situation."
"Had they been too assertive, they could have caused her not to engage."
According to Mr Ward said Ms. Burdett was openly answering questions related to her mental state, but as a nurse, she knew how to answer them without raising a red flag.
Helen Inwood, Royal Stoke's chief nurse, said: "Ann was a dedicated member of staff who cared deeply for the babies she looked after in the trust's neonatal department.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this time. We await the correspondence from the coroner and will, of course, comply with any requests made."