A YOUNG mother died from an overdose after learning her baby was set to be adopted.

A coroner ruled that Bridget Rooney, from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, committed suicide while staying at her family home in Woodley in November 2021.

The 21-year-old took her own life after social services informed her that her two-year-old son would be adopted in January 2022, a court heard.

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Bridget’s local authority became involved with her son following an ‘incident’ in January 2020.

Upon learning of the adoption process, Bridget told a social worker she ‘didn’t feel like her life was worth living.’

The social worker contacted Bridget’s mother to offer her safety advice to prevent the 21-year-old from self-harming.

They also contacted the Luton crisis resolution team to prepare support for Bridget, who was due to travel home to Bedfordshire the same evening she learned the news of her son’s impending adoption.

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However, she did not return home as she overdosed at her family home.

An ambulance crew was called to the Woodley address just before 8pm on November 25 and Bridget was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Despite extensive medical care throughout the night, Bridget passed away on November 26.

At an inquest into her death, coroner Alan Blake said “appropriate efforts” were made by Bedfordshire social services to support Bridget.

“But Bridget did not feel able to take advantage of the support that was available”. Mr Blake said.

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An official conclusion of suicide following an overdose was given as Bridget’s cause of death.

The coroner paid his condolences to Bridget’s family in what he described as a “very sad case.”

The inquest was held at Reading Coroner’s Court on Thursday, June 23.

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