A YOUNG father who struggled with his mental health was found dead in his garage, an inquest heard.

James Benjamin Hughes, known as Ben, was found at his home in Penson Court, Summer Hill, Wrexham on July 9, 2019.

An inquest into the 26-year-old’s death was resumed by John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales (east and central) at Ruthin.

The hearing heard how the production operator met his wife Chloe in college and they later married in May 2019 and had two children together.

However, due to recent family issues where he lost his stepdad to cancer and grandad to dementia, Mr Hughes ‘struggled’.

He was ‘reluctant’ to go to the doctors but did in May 2019 where he was prescribed anti-depressants.

The hearing heard how in June, he ‘declined further’ and told his wife he was ‘hearing voices and thinks he doesn’t want to be here anymore’. His family were ‘there for him and supportive of him’.

On the Saturday, July 6, his wife came home and found a note he had written suggesting he would harm himself, but when asked he ‘shrugged it off’.

The following Tuesday, Mrs Hughes was due to go back to work and Mr Hughes was staying at his mother’s house however was not answering phone calls which was ‘unusual behaviour’.

Mrs Hughes went home and searched her house where she found her husband hanging in the garage.

The hearing heard how the family were ‘devastated and shocked by what happened’.

They added: “Family was everything to him. He loved his children and was a very proud dad. He will be very sadly missed.”

Mr Gittins recorded a conclusion of suicide by hanging.