Year: 2003 Source: British Medical Journal, v.327, no.7422, (November 2003), p.1008-1009 SIEC No: 20052054

Daksha Emson was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder & in October 2000 she took the life of her daughter & herself. Her death was in part caused by the deep prejudices against people with mental illness who work in the NHS. During her post-graduate training she went to great lengths to hide her illness from her supervisors. She was however; open about her illness with the occupational health services but received no help, support or advice from them. This tragedy could have been avoided had the risk been assessed and the appropriate action taken. (LC)