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Inquest launched into death of mental health blogger Beth Matthews

An inquest has been opened into the death of a young Cornish woman who blogged about her mental health. Beth Matthews died at Wythenshawe Hospital in the Manchester area, where the 26-year-old had been detained under mental health law.

The support worker from Park An Keres in Menheniot near Liskeard died on March 21. Her death has touched many thousands of people after the young woman and outdoor sports enthusiast blogged about her own personal challenges, mental health and previous suicide attempts.

The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned by Greater Manchester South Regional Coroner Chris Morris, who heard from Consultant Pathologist Dr Andrew Yates who carried out a post-mortem examination. Dr Yates said the cause of his death remained ‘unclear’ and more evidence needed to be gathered.

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The coroner has adjourned the hearing until June 9, when a preliminary examination of the evidence will take place. He said he would seek evidence from local hospitals in Manchester as well as hospitals and mental health care providers in Cornwall.

Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign in memory of Beth, who was born in the village of St Dominick by the River Tamar not far from Callington, has raised more than £4,000 for Devon Air Ambulance.

His funeral will take place in Saltash tomorrow (Wednesday April 13) at Landulph Church.