Derbyshire mental health nurse did not mean to take her own life

An inquest has heard that a Derbyshire mental health nurse did not mean to take her own life. Dominique Devenport, 34, from Chestnut Avenue in Belper, was a nurse, although her PIN, the number she needs to be able to work, had been suspended at the time of her death. The inquest did not hear the reason for the suspension.

In a statement to the hearing Ms Devenport’s ex-husband Liam Vickers said that she lost her job in 2018 and her mental health had declined as a result. Ms Devenport had also been talking about ending her life.

However, Mr Vickers said that by May 2021 her mental health had improved and she’d moved to a new flat on Chestnut Avenue. A week prior to her death, in October 2021, Ms Devenport had been away with her family and had a “good time”.

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There were no indications of her mental health problems returning and Mr Vickers said the death of Ms Devenport “came as a shock”. The inquest at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court also heard a police report, from PC Bradley, of the day Ms Devenport was found dead in her bedroom.

PC Bradley told the hearing that Ms Devenport’s daughter had stayed the night at the two-bedroom flat on Sunday, October 3, 2021. That day Ms Devenport told her mum over the phone that she wasn’t feeling great and was going to “take it easy”.

The following morning Ms Devenport’s daughter woke up at around 7.30am and went to check on her mother who appeared to be still asleep in bed. Her daughter carried out a few jobs around the flat then returned to her mother’s bedroom at around 1pm to wake her but couldn’t and got scared so she phoned her aunt.

When her aunt arrived she called an ambulance which got to the flat ten minutes later at 1.10pm and found Ms Devenport had already died. Police investigated the incident but declared there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Ms Devenport’s death.

A post-mortem examination determined that Ms Devenport had died as a result of a morphine overdose, although both the assistant coroner and Ms Devenport’s ex-husband could not explain how she had obtained the drug as it was not prescribed to her.

Concluding the hearing, assistant coroner Matthew Kewley determined that Ms Devenport’s death was drug-related and that she did not intend to take her own life.

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, in confidence

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

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

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information

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

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

For information on your local NHS urgent mental health helpline, visit here