A man who suffered from bipolar disorder committed suicide after being unable to cope with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, his family said.
Daniel Furniss, 34, died last week after battling the foreclosure of his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
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In the days leading up to Mr. Furniss’s death, he posted on social media: “There is not enough advice for people with mental health issues. “
Furniss’s sister Chelsea, 28, hopes his death will raise awareness of the issues faced by those with mental health issues during self-isolation.
She said, “Dan had a long history of mental health issues and one of the things he struggled with was being alone.
“He lived alone but went out every day. Dan had diabetes and was classified as a high risk person, so after the lockout he couldn’t get out, which we think pushed him to the limit.
“We feared he was isolated and stayed in touch, but we couldn’t see him. We did our best and let him know that we were there for him.
“We could do more to help people who find it difficult to isolate themselves. I hope that what happened with Dan can raise awareness of these issues. “
Furniss was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in adolescence and was unable to work due to his mental health.
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