Per DailyMail, an extroverted man with bipolar disorder has killed himself in isolation after loneliness ‘pushed him over the edge’.
Daniel Furniss, 34, lived by himself in Crookhorn, near Portsmouth, and stayed indoors as his diabetes made him particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.
But the outgoing ‘big kid’ who was a ‘joy to everyone’ struggled with the lack of contact and sadly took his own life, according to his distraught family.
Sister Chelsea Furniss, 28, is now calling on health authorities to urgently ratchet up support for those suffering mental health issues during the lockdown.
Speaking to MailOnline, the heartbroken sibling said: ‘Isolation had a great impact on him.
‘When the official lockdown was announced he shared a few things on his social media page about how he felt like he was going to be in trouble getting through this, and that there was no guidance released for people with serious mental health conditions, especially if they were on their own. He found it very hard.’
Yahoo reports a man who suffered from bipolar disorder has taken his own life after being unable to cope with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, his family have said.
Daniel Furniss, 34, died last week after struggling with the lockdown at his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the restriction of all but essential contact in order to cease the spread of the deadly virus.
In the days before Mr Furniss’ death, he posted on social media: “There is not enough guidance for people with mental health issues.”
Mr Furniss’ sister, Chelsea, 28, is hoping his death will raise awareness of the issues facing those with mental health problems during self-isolation.
She said: “Dan had a long history of mental health issues and one of the things he struggled with was being on his own.
“He lived on his own but would go out every day. Dan had diabetes and was classed as a high-risk person so after lockdown he was unable to go out which we think pushed him over the edge.
“We were concerned about him being in isolation and stayed in touch but were not able to see him. We tried our best and let him know we were there for him.
“More could be done to help people who are struggling while self-isolating. Hopefully what’s happened with Dan can raise awareness of these issues.”