Inquest
Grieving mother's warning to young men

By Kevin Unitt 20/06 Updated: 21/06 07:35

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Joss Clempson, who died in Warwick last year. (s)

A GRIEVING mother has issued a warning to young men over the dangers of stress and depression after a kind-hearted and loving son took his own life.

Joss Clempson died in June last year after hanging himself at his home in Lower Cape Road, Warwick, an inquest held at Leamington Justice Centre heard on Friday morning (June 15).

The 35-year-old, who worked for several years as an IT technician at Stratford Grammar School, was employed as a waxworker for much of his life, making commissioned art sculptures from a small foundry near Banbury.

In addition to long days in full time work he had been studying hard for IT exams in the months leading up to his death, which he had passed in the final weeks of his life.

Assistant deputy coroner, Louise Hunt, heard that these stresses – in addition to relationship difficulties – led to periods of depression but was told he had been reducing his medication in the final week.

Mr Clempson's mother Sue told the inquest: “He was under an immense amount of stress and pressure. I would really like this to act as a warning, particularly to young men, of the dangers of such pressure, and of reducing their medication when under such stress.”

Coroner Hunt, recording a verdict that Mr Clempson had taken his own life, offered her sincerest condolences to the family.

She added: “I am a mother myself and cannot imagine what you are going through. I hope that at least this closes one part of what you are going through.

“I hope there will come a day when it gets slightly easier.”

Mr Clempson, born in Banbury, had two brothers and one sister. He worked on and off in waxworks since his teens and gained qualifications as a mature student in sports science and massage therapy before becoming an IT technician in Stratford.

He lived with his girlfriend for the final ten months of his life.

His mother Sue added: “It is a tragic loss, Joss was incredibly creative and very sensitive, the best present giver ever with the best smile ever, one that could lift anyone's heart.

“He was held in such high esteem, having a profound impact on all he met.

“He was very loyal and a great friend, with the ability to sense when somebody was troubled, be they family, work colleagues, friends or students.

“In many ways his greatest achievement was simply being who he was.”

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