A British man diagnosed with bipolar disorder has committed suicide as he unable to cope with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, his family have said.
Daniel Furniss, 34, died last week after struggling with the lockdown at his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Prior to his death, Mr Furniss posted on social media: “There is not enough guidance for people with mental health issues.”
Mr Furniss’ sister, Chelsea, 28, is hoping his death will raise awareness of the issues facing those with mental health problems during self-isolation.
She said: “Dan had a long history of mental health issues and one of the things he struggled with was being on his own.
“More could be done to help people who are struggling while self-isolating. Hopefully what’s happened with Dan can raise awareness of these issues.”
Yahoo news UK reports that Mr Furniss was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager and had been unable to work because of his mental health condition.
The family have set up a Gofundme page to help pay for his funeral costs.
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