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'Troubled' Graham Mills hanged himself at his Ipstones home, an inquest has confirmed

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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A TROUBLED man was found hanged at his home after struggling to come to terms with discovering he had been adopted.

Graham Mills's body was found by his adoptive father at his home in St Leonards Avenue, Ipstones.

Police found a 'confused' note in the 25-year-old's bedroom, with references to his adoption, and his father yesterday told an inquest how he had become upset to learn the truth several years earlier.

However, Mr Mills's family told the hearing that they did not know for certain why he took his own life, on November 23 last year.

Father James Mill told the hearing in Hartshill: "I adopted Graham when he was an infant but I don't know who his natural parents are.

"My wife and I have children of our own but we adopted and fostered others.

"Graham was always treated by us as a family and lived with my wife and I.

"He only discovered he was adopted four years ago and he didn't seem to take the news very well, especially when he was affected by alcohol and said things that weren't helpful to the family.

"He was a private person and spent a lot of time in the house although he would often go out at night, but he didn't confide in me what he was doing.

"He was a plasterer by trade and worked very hard. He would drink alcohol quite heavily at times but it never got in the way of work.

"On the morning when I discovered his body, I needed to get something from the garage to fix my car and found him inside. I shouted for help to my neighbour, Melvin. He had never spoken to me about taking his own life and he didn't seem depressed or as if he would do something like this."

Neighbour Melvin Baker, of Barley Road, who has known the Mills family for 10 years, described Mr Mills as a 'happy-go-lucky lad'.

He said: "I watched him grow up. He was a good, happy-go-lucky lad and would always say hello if he saw you.

"He was hard working and could turn his hand to most things in the building trade."

Margaret Jones, Assistant Coroner for North Staffordshire, recorded a verdict of suicide.

She said: "Graham recently learned he was adopted which caused him distress.

"He took his own life but quite what triggered off that thought is something we will never have an answer for."

If you feel you may want to take your own life or are concerned about someone else who is, help is available. You can talk to the Samaritans on 08457 909 090, Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234 or contact your GP.

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