Young mum ‘took her own life’ on Christmas Day after dropping off her baby girl to nan’s


Laura Graham, 26, who had worked at Greggs in Seacroft, had suffered from major bouts of depression linked to her epilepsy

Tributes have been paid to the young mum who is thought to have taken her own life on Christmas Day
Tributes have been paid to Laura Graham, 26, who is thought to have taken her own life on Christmas Day

Tributes have been paid to a young mum who is thought to have taken her own life on Christmas Day.

Laura Graham, 26, who had worked at Greggs in Seacroft, had suffered from major bouts of depression linked to her epilepsy.

After leaving her daughter with her mum on Christmas Day, it is believed she returned home and took her own life.

Debbie Graham, 48, said that her daughter left her 10-month-old grandaughter Elsie with her, on Christmas Day before heading back to her home in Leeds at around 9pm.

Then, when Laura didn’t answer her phone and by Boxing Day morning Debbie grew increasingly concerned for her daughter’s safety.

Debbie Graham and 10-month-old Elsie
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When she broke into her home with the help of concerned neighbours, she was horrified to discover Laura’s dead body.

Debbie said: “I’m just in shock to be honest, it’s all a blur.

“She’s been depressed for quite a while because she’s got epilepsy.

She was having quite a lot of fits and she was under a lot of stress.

“Her sister walked her home at about 9pm on Christmas Day night. That was the last we saw of her.”

Debbie cared for baby Elsie overnight, as she has done many times before when Laura has been recovering from an epileptic fit.

But she began to worry something had happened when Laura did not answer the phone.

Debbie said: “I felt she was probably in bed sleeping. We waited a bit longer and couldn’t get in touch with her so we went up.

Laura had never spoken to people about her mental health issues
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“I’ve got a spare key but she’d put her key in the lock on the inside of the door so I couldn’t get in.

“I didn’t want to phone the police to kick the door in and she’s just in bed sleeping so I got in touch with a neighbour and he went round and he got through the kitchen window and he went up.

“I’ve been in shock since then. One minute it’s starting to sink in and then the next minute you just can’t believe it.

“I keep expecting her to walk through the door.”

Debbie said that during her bouts of depression, Laura could be like a different person, but “she was lovely and very caring. She loved her baby and was a very good mum.”

She added: “She used to think everybody was against her but a lot more people than she knew cared.

“I just wish people would talk to people if they felt like this. She had a lot of people to talk to and she never did.”

A GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs has already raised more than £2,000.

The Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, email [email protected] or head to the website to find your nearest branch. You matter.




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