GCSE anxiety drove student to suicide


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A student, labelled ‘hard-working, popular and talented’ by the school principal, had jumped to his death from a motorway bridge after becoming over-stressed.

TALENTED: Mohammed Abdul Razzak jumped from a bridge above the M60 earlier this year after struggling with anxiety in build up to his GCSE exams

TALENTED: Mohammed Abdul Razzak jumped from a bridge above the M60 earlier this year after struggling with anxiety in build up to his GCSE exams

16-year-old Mohammed Abdul Razzak was due to sit his GCSEs this summer yet had told his GP on several occasions that he planned to end his life.

In January, the Oldham Academy North student walked onto the motorway bridge and plunged 30ft to the ground. Paramedics took him to hospital where he died of his injuries.

A gifted pupil, Mohammed was vice student principal at the school and was expected to do well in his exams.

He had been a studious pupil yet was described as becoming withdrawn and anxious in his final school year.

His mother, Lufta Begum, said her son became distant and spent a lot of time alone on his computer drinking energy drinks and coffee. In a statement she told the inquest: “He was a healthy child, a hard-working, studious young man with a clever demeanour.

“He was a young man who kept himself to himself and had very good predictions in terms of his academic achievements. But he did not discuss anything with the family or those close to him.”

Mohammed had skipped a mock exam earlier in the year and later handed a letter to his English teacher explaining that he had felt an ‘urge’ to self harm.

He was sent to hospital, by the school and child protection services, where he was assessed by psychiatrists for one week.

Mohammed was assigned a social worker and had begun to show signs of improvement in his attitude yet on 6th January he took the decision to end his own life by jumping from a motorway bridge on the M60 near Oldham.

Recording a verdict of suicide earlier this month, Rochdale assistant coroner, Lisa Hashmi, said: “Mohammed was a healthy, intelligent young man who clearly had a very promising future.

“Save his obvious intellect, he was a quiet and reserved individual, however in the autumn of 2013 his mother noticed a change in his demeanour. Mohammed’s family, school and other professionals subsequently became involved in supporting him.”

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