Joanne Smith was involved in an ongoing dispute with the Department of Work and Pensions over sick pay before her death
A mum was embroiled in a row over benefits before she took her own life, an inquest heard.
Joanne Smith was involved in an ongoing dispute with the Department of Work and Pensions over sick pay before her death, Teesside Coroner’s Court was told.
The 46-year-old was found hanged at her Middlesbrough home on June 29.
Ms Smith had lived at her home on Wakefield Road, in Linthorpe , for 30 years.
She had two children to partner Lee Grace, who said he believed the dispute was the reason for her depressed state of mind.
In a statement read out to the inquest, he said: “I don’t know for sure but I think Joanne was depressed.
“She had a sick note but the DWP had stopped paying her and this did upset her.”
Ms Smith suffered from asthma and arthritis. Her knee was badly damaged in a car accident when she was just 11, the inquest heard.
She had no history of depression or suicide attempts in the past.
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