Trawlerman and father, 24, hung himself days after seeking help with his mental health

A trawlerman who was expecting a second child with his fiancé committed suicide a few days after he had sought help for his mental health problems.

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Dai Crofts, 24, from Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan, went to the hospital this year on January 7 and 9, but only received oral medication and was sent home.

He then hung himself on January 10, after years ago after the death of his father who found Dai dead after an overdose.

Dai Crofts, 24, from Wick, Vale or Glamorgan, took his own life on January 10 after seeking help for his mental health problems

Dai Crofts, 24, from Wick, Vale or Glamorgan, took his own life on January 10 after seeking help for his mental health problems

Now his mother has paid tribute to her son and has spoken against the mental health system.

Mrs. Prevett said that Dai was a & # 39; normal and happy & # 39; childhood, partially grew up in Snowdonia and got a love of the great outdoors.

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His mental health problems first came to the surface after the death of his father after he was 15 years old to live with him on the Orkney Islands.

There Dai fell in love with the sea and the idea of ​​being a trawlerman.

Mrs. Prevett said: & # 39; On the day he turned 16, he was working at sea. But he definitely flourished. It gave him a real sense of control and self-esteem.

& # 39; He really, really came into its own. He earned his own money, he was very proud that he was a trawlerman.

& # 39; It's seen as a tough job, so I know that when he was 16 or 17, when he told someone he was a trawlerman, there was some kind of respect to deal with it and I think he likes it found. & # 39;

But not long after he moved there, he found his own father dead in bed after an accidental overdose.

Mr Crofts, born in Wrexham, started a relationship with Jessica Beard in 2017 and the couple became engaged in June 2018

Mr Crofts, born in Wrexham, started a relationship with Jessica Beard in 2017 and the couple became engaged in June 2018

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Mr Crofts, born in Wrexham, started a relationship with Jessica Beard in 2017 and the couple became engaged in June 2018

Mrs. Prevett said: & I think that when his father died, that was the beginning and around that time my worries began.

& # 39; He was there, he was the one who realized that his father was dead, he found him more or less in bed.

& # 39; I think he was angry that he could not have prevented his father from dying. & # 39;

Just months after his father's death, Dai was involved in a serious crash on the islands where he was convicted of driving without a license.

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His mother said the two incidents were unable to cope with him and then returned to Wick.

Prevett, a clinical psychologist, said she subsequently noticed a deterioration in her son's mental health. At one point she remembered her son saying he wanted to throw himself & # 39; overboard & # 39; when he was working at sea.

She said: “He would go to the doctors and get some antidepressants or anxiolytics (medication that reduces anxiety), because he sometimes described it as anxiety.

& # 39; But when he shifted to describing fear, I think it shifted to more of a psychotic illness.

& # 39; He started to worry that his colleagues on the boat thought he wasn't pulling his weight and that they were talking about him.

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& # 39; And I don't really think they were, it was his fear. I was quite happy when he stopped working on the boat and then he met Jess. & # 39;

Mr Crofts, born in Wrexham, started a relationship with Jessica Beard in 2017 and the couple became engaged in June 2018.

About 10 months after they first met, the first child, Harris van Croft, was born, but this led to an even greater deterioration in mental health.

Mrs. Prevett said: “He really made a turn for the worst, every time they visited the hospital for prenatal checks, he would think people would talk about him.

The trawlerman's psychological problems first surfaced after the death of his father after moving to live with him on the Orkney Islands at the age of 15

The trawlerman's psychological problems first surfaced after the death of his father after moving to live with him on the Orkney Islands at the age of 15

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The trawlerman's psychological problems first surfaced after the death of his father after moving to live with him on the Orkney Islands at the age of 15

# He gradually reported that he was telepathic and that other people could insert thoughts into his head or broadcast his thoughts, so I knew it was a psychosis then and we persuaded him to go to the doctors.

& # 39; Jess had the baby and it all got out of hand then. He was really unwell and scared.

& # 39; He did not understand how sick he was – he did not believe he was sick and that everyone was telepathic and that he had to & # 39; moons & # 39; and manage and learn how to do it yourself.

& # 39; Ultimately, because he was not involved in the crisis team and became unwell, and was sometimes angry and hostile to people in the family, we were really worried about what he would be like when the baby came home. Then he got divorced. & # 39;

After the birth of his son in April 2018, he was split up a month later and spent time under observation at Llandough Hospital before being released.

Mrs. Prevett said, "Although the last thing you want is to see your son or daughter get divorced, at the time I just had a little hope that he would get the right treatment and improve his understanding." ;

A few months later at Christmas, his symptoms intensified and on Christmas Day he became paranoid, the neighbors talked about him and threatened his son.

After the birth of his son in April 2018, he was divorced a month later and spent time under observation at Llandough Hospital (photo) before being released

After the birth of his son in April 2018, he was divorced a month later and spent time under observation at Llandough Hospital (photo) before being released

After the birth of his son in April 2018, he was divorced a month later and spent time under observation at Llandough Hospital (photo) before being released

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His family tried to call mental health care, but after he could not find anyone who would have his mother 999 & # 39; in despair & # 39; called.

Mrs. Prevett said: “By the time the police came out, he had stopped yelling in the street for the neighbors to come out and take it.

& # 39; Dai spoke to the police and told them it was a "hoax call" and that everything was fine. "

The following weeks his family desperately saw him trying to get the help he needed.

On January 7 this year, Dai and his fiancé went to the Barry Hospital where he was seen by an occupational therapist.

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Mr. Crofts asked for medication to be prescribed, but since no doctor was available to see him, that was not possible.

An appointment was scheduled for January 9, where Mr. Crofts spent about an hour with qualified general practitioner and psychiatrist Dr. Alison McLain.

During the appointment he was prescribed three medications to help deal with depression, anxiety and psychotic symptoms.

The next day, Mr. Crofts told his partner that he was going to drive around 10 p.m. to clear his head & # 39 ;. Mrs Beard was later delivered after he did not respond to her text messages.

She followed his location via his cell phone to a parking space in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Mrs. Beard arrived with their child and found his vehicle, but there was no sign of her fiancé.

She later called South Wales Police and officers found his body nearby.

Mrs. Prevett remembered the moment when the police informed her that she had found her son.

She said: & I had woken up at 2.30 am and my sleep was really disturbed because we had been worried about Dai for a few weeks now.

& # 39; I just glanced at my phone to see what time it was and I noticed that I had three messages from Jess along the lines of "Dai didn't come back, I'm really worried, I'm going to find him".

& # 39; She sent these messages between 10:30 AM and 11:30 PM. So I am now panicking and immediately sent a message asking "is he back" or "is he safe", something like that.

& # 39; While I was reporting that I was getting dressed, there was a knock at the door.

& # 39; I went downstairs and there were two police officers. That was probably around 2.45 a.m.

& # 39; If you have had a son with psychological problems and two sons who have lost a father and are in a drunken state, you have had the police at the door.

& # 39; They came in and I thought they were going to do the routine to check around the site if Dai wasn't hiding in one of the barns.

& # 39; But he didn't. He confirmed that I was Dai & # 39; s mother and he said, "I'm sorry to tell you, but Dai is dead."

& # 39; So that's how I found out. It was just a shock. & # 39;

Mrs. Prevett now said she hopes her son will be remembered because of the & # 39; as a warm, generous, funny, family-oriented, son, father, fiancé & # 39 ;.

She said: & # 39; How I really remember him, now that he is not there, I think of the sea every time I am by the sea. Knowing that that was his passion. & # 39;

A post-mortem report found no contributing levels of drugs or alcohol in his system and his medical cause of death was recorded as pending.

Despite family problems during an investigation in October, coroner Graeme Hughes said that Dai has received appropriate care from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and has made a narrative conclusion.

After the investigation, the family said they were & # 39; disappointed & # 39; were by the verdict. They felt that if GGZ would better plan its care and otherwise give its medicines, it would still be alive.

On January 7 of this year, Dai and his fiancé went to Barry Hospital (photo) where he asked for medication, but because no doctor was available to see him, that was not possible

On January 7 of this year, Dai and his fiancé went to Barry Hospital (photo) where he asked for medication, but because no doctor was available to see him, that was not possible

On January 7 of this year, Dai and his fiancé went to Barry Hospital (photo) where he asked for medication, but because no doctor was available to see him, that was not possible

Dai & # 39; s mother and his partner said they had asked for a depot injection, a slow release, slow-acting form of an antipsychotic, to make the medication work.

Prevett said after the hearing: “Despite today's outcome, we still believe that mistakes have been made by Cardiff and Vale Health Board in Dai's care.

& # 39; We are convinced that those failures and the lack of an adequate care and treatment plan, risk assessment and crisis plan played an important role in Dai's death in January 2019.

& # 39; We want to make mental health improvements in Wales with a meaningful care and treatment plan and talk therapy for every patient. & # 39;

Fran Moore, a clinical negligence specialist at law firm Hugh James, who represented the Croft family in the investigation, said she & # 39; very disappointed & # 39; were about the conclusion.

She said: & # 39; Oral medication can take many days or weeks, but Dai's paranoia meant that he would rarely use medication for more than ten days.

& # 39; The family thinks a depot injection would have bought some time earlier in his treatment and Dai had given the insight he needed to start therapy. & # 39;

A Cardiff and Vale University Health Board spokesperson said: “Cardiff and Vale UHB is deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Crofts and we would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and partner.

& # 39; We would like to see another opportunity to meet the family and discuss outstanding issues that have not been addressed in the recent survey. & # 39;

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