'Perfectionist' schoolteacher allegedly ended her life after occupational therapist diagnosed her as "emotionally immature"
Chelsey Peart, 27, was told she was 'emotionally immature' by an occupational therapist, a diagnosis that 'changed her completely'
Just weeks after an occupational therapist wrote in a report that Chelsey Peart was "emotionally immature", the school teacher, known as a 'perfectionist' by many, took her own life.
It is being said that the 27-year-old "changed completely" after reading the report, which a coroner concluded, "had a very detrimental effect on Mrs. Peart's wellbeing."
On April 11, Chelsey's husband Mark found her hanging at their residence in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. While Mark tried all he could to save his wife, even performing CPR until paramedics arrived, Chelsey was pronounced dead at the scene. Mark is a firefighter by profession.
Chelsey was reportedly signed off work by her GP Dr. Biing Hen on a number of occasions since November 2017, an inquest heard. The embattled teacher taught at Rawmarsh Community School and also ran a textiles business. She was described as a "positive role model for students" and a "very, very talented textiles teacher" by Helen O'Brien, the headteacher at Rawmarsh Community School, Daily Mail reports.
On November 9 last year, Chelsey told another staff member that she was having suicidal thoughts on her way to work. When O'Brien learned about it, she immediately took her to the hospital.
Chelsey attempted to end her life once again in February this year, the court heard. However, this information was not shared with her school at the time. Then, after an occupational therapist labeled her as "emotionally immature" in a letter, Chelsey became "annoyed" and "changed completely" as a person, her mother told the court.
O'Brien said, "Chelsey disagreed and contested with the occupational health report. I said I would speak to her GP to get a second opinion. The door was kept open - at no point was Chelsey told she wouldn't be able to return to school."
Mark said he was working a day shift at Manvers Fire Station on that fateful day, according to a statement read by the coroner's officer David Copley at the Doncaster Coroner's Court.
"I arrived home at about 7.05pm and the house was in darkness. I discovered Chelsey," he said. He immediately placed her on the floor and began performing CPR, but in vain.
The phrase "emotionally mature" is not a "medical diagnosis", according to Louise Slater, assistant coroner for Doncaster. She questioned the use of these words which scarred Chelsey for life. Based on the 'evidence' heard in court, it could not be concluded that Chelsey intended to end her own life, Slater said as she recorded a narrative verdict.
"Chelsey was a good teacher," she said. "She was liked and respected by her peers, certainly the management and, although not here, I suspect the pupils as well and probably their parents. But it would appear from the evidence that Chelsey found it difficult to accept that she was actually quite good at what she did. She was always striving to be better and perhaps she was a bit of a perfectionist. She seemed to be worried about letting those around her down' but added that her family was the 'most supportive of her'."
"It's clear, not just from the evidence in court but also the documents before me, where she is repeatedly going back to this report from the occupational assessment and I have no doubt that it had a very detrimental effect on Chelsey's wellbeing," Slater added.
Katy Houston paid tribute to Chelsey on Facebook, saying she was "absolutely devastated" by the news and that Chelsey was a "beautiful girl inside and out."
Laura Royston also voiced her grief, saying, "I am so, so sad. I worked with Chelsey for a few years and she was the most kind and beautiful girl there ever was."