Devastated dad took own life after landlord said he would sell his home



A devastated dad tragically took his own life after his landlord informed him that he would be selling his home.

‘Much-loved’ dad Jonny O’Neill, 41, who had a teenage daughter, had attempted to take his life several times before, an inquest heard on March 31.

On a previous occasion, coroner Angela Brockhurst at Bradford Coroner’s Court said that the Huddersfield dad had sent some images to a friend stating that he “was going to meet his dad in heaven but he stepped back and said it was not what he wanted to do “.

However, the engineer was heartbroken at his landlord’s decision to sell his flat in Lindley were he had been living for 13 years, Yorkshire Live reports.

On November 18, 2021, he could not take any more after suffering from anxiety and depression for a number of years and set about ending his life.

Fortunately, medics were alerted and he was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where every effort was made to save his life.

But he could not be saved and the following day active medical support was withdrawn. His younger sister Joanna Smith said her brother of him was “a private man who very much kept himself to himself and who was often described as everyone’s friend and some of his friends of his went back 30 years.

“He enjoyed his own company, loved Formula One and Manchester United. He had a very close bond with myself and my mum and my two boys. He enjoyed his job and worked around the clock. He had been there for 14 years and was well -loved and respected.”

His ex-wife Sarah Louise Barrett added: “I think first and foremost he would want to be known as a dad. His daughter is very upset. She always thought at some point she would be able to rekindle her relationship with him.”

Mrs Brocklehurst said she was satisfied his death met the threshold necessary for a conclusion of suicide. And she encouraged his family of him-including Joanna and his mother Judith O’Neill as well as Ms Barrett-who all attended the hearing-to remember the happy times when he shone a light into their lives.

She told them: “The difficulties of life thrust upon him brought him to despair. When you remember him think of all the great times you shared and the love that he gave and you gave him.”

Where to get help if you’re struggling

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help.

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill

Platform 1 men’s community group: Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.

Andy’s Man Club:[email protected]

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organization supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have a low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

BullyingUK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. There’s a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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