— Pretty nurse killed herself ‘after being bullied by colleagues’
— Nurse, Rhian Collins found dead at home
A nurse killed herself after being bullied by colleagues, an inquest heard.
Rhian Collins, 30, was found hanged inside her home in Swansea, Wales.
She had two children and was engaged to fiancé David Reed, who raised the alarm after she failed to answer the door.
The inquest heard Miss Collins’ colleagues had sworn at her and bullied her at Cefn Coed Hospital, in Swansea.
The NHS centre specialises in mental health care and has 193 beds to cater for adult and elderly patients. Ms Collins’ family alleged her fellow staff members would make her life ‘very difficult’.
Rhian Collins had a fiancee and two children
Investigating officer Sergeant Nia Lambley said: ‘She was having issues at work.
She was being sworn at, bullied and believed she was continually given the worst shifts on the ward.
‘This lead to her becoming obsessed with her appearance and she would go to the gym four times a day.’ Her family members also told the inquest she appeared stressed, run down and exhausted.
Her fiancée Mr Reed revealed she had threatened suicide many times before but it was normally after an argument, and he’d dismissed the threats as being throwaway comments.
Acting senior coroner Colin Phillips recorded a conclusion her death was intentional suicide.
He added: ‘There was no third-party involvement and no suspicious circumstances.
‘From the evidence, I conclude that she intended to kill herself.’
Mr Reed later paid tribute to Miss Collins on Facebook, writing:
‘I love you Rhian, from the very beginning to the very, very end and I will miss you every second, of every day, for the rest of my life.’
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) Director of Workforce and OD, Hazel Robinson, said:
‘Our hearts go out to Rhian’s family, and we offer our sincere condolences for their very sad loss.
‘We would like to make it clear that bullying behaviour of any kind is not acceptable.
‘We need to fully understand the issues raised during the inquest into her tragic death, and invite her family to meet with us as soon as they can to explore these further.’