This 44 Year Old Mom Jumped To Her Death After Weeks Of Depression

A BRITISH mom jumped 250 feet to her death from the balcony of her luxury apartment after she moved to China with her husband, an inquest heard. Gill Smith,...

A BRITISH mom jumped 250 feet to her death from the balcony of her luxury apartment after she moved to China with her husband, an inquest heard.

Gill Smith, 44, had appeared to be happy and her family had no idea she had “got herself into a hole” over a problem which she thought she was unable to resolve.

 Gillian Smith and her husband Peter moved to ShanghaI with their two sons so he could expand his business
Gillian Smith and her husband Peter moved to ShanghaI with their two sons so he could expand his businessCredit: Cavendish Press
 Gill fell 38 floors from the balcony of the luxury apartment she lived in
Gill fell 38 floors from the balcony of the luxury apartment she lived inCredit: Cavendish Press

The exact nature of the problem was not disclosed at the inquest.

The mom-of-two and her managing director husband Peter moved to a wealthy part of Shanghai with their sons in order to expand his recruitment business.

On July 5, Gill, of Stockport Greater Manchester, fell 38 floors from the family home after sending her sons to have lunch with their dad.

The ex-pat suffered multiple injuries and was found on the grounds of the luxury apartment complex five days before a family holiday to the UK, Spain and France.

It was found that the apartment had waist-high metal and glass panels which would have forced Gill to use a stool to get over them.

The inquest in Stockport heard Gill moved to Shanghai with her family but appeared quiet in the weeks before her death – and on some occasions was unable to get out of bed.

Mr Smith, the Managing Director of Michael Page China, told the hearing: “I knew she wasn’t her normal self over the two weeks prior to her death. She became quiet and wasn’t her normal self in terms of chatting when I would get back in the evening.

“I did specifically ask her three times what was wrong and I sat with her and asked what’s going on, it’s not right. And she said nothing was going on.

“We were due to go on holiday five days later. We were all due to come back to the UK and Gill would normally come back for about five to six weeks between the UK and a summer holiday in France.

“But this year we were going to Spain for 10 days and then France.”

She just got herself into a hole and I don’t think she meant it. I think it was just a moment of madness.

The father recalled his last conversation with his wife and said he hadn’t noticed “anything unusual”, despite her spending an entire day in bed earlier that week.

He said: “A meal had been arranged earlier in the week and at one point Gill was going to come. I didn’t notice anything unusual.

“I know on the Monday she had stayed in bed all day. I had gone to work and she was in bed and I came back and she said she didn’t feel up for getting up and wanted to watch TV.”

He told the hearing that the day Gill died he received a text, but it was too late.

Mr Smith added: “I phoned my PA to try phone the building and get someone to get up to the apartment and phoned my friend’s wife.

“My friend’s wife was sat with Gill and my PA phoned me really upset and saying she was so sorry.”

“She just got herself into a hole and I don’t think she meant it. I think it was just a moment of madness.”

Police found a note on Gill’s phone with passcodes written down, which led to a draft email that explained her reasons and how she was sorry.

Police coroners officer Colin Price, told the hearing: “She had left the access codes to her phone so that somebody could look at the phone and the draft email on the phone.

“And it would appear the underlying theme of what she was saying was that she was sorry.”

Coroner Alison Mutch recorded a conclusion of suicide.

She told the hearing: “It’s clear on the evidence before this court that in the short time proceeding her death she had become quite distressed and quieter than usual.

“It’s difficult to understand what was going through her mind at the time, she clearly didn’t want to talk about it.

“But of course we know her family who are clearly devoted and supportive had they known would have done everything they could to help understand the situation that was more than resolvable.

“Given how close she was to her family and incredibly supportive they were was one of the tragic features of this particular case – that she didn’t speak to any of her family about what was in her mind at the time.

“I extend my condolences to all of you for the loss of somebody you all cared immensely about, I’m very sorry you have lost her from your lives.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

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 A hearing heard that Gill appeared to be happy after the couple moved to China for a new life
A hearing heard that Gill appeared to be happy after the couple moved to China for a new lifeCredit: Cavendish Press
 A hearing heard how Gill had trouble getting out of bed some days
A hearing heard how Gill had trouble getting out of bed some daysCredit: Cavendish Press
 Gill's husband told a hearing he believes her death was a 'moment of madness'
Gill’s husband told a hearing he believes her death was a ‘moment of madness’Credit: Cavendish Press
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