The parents of a social worker who committed suicide after fearing she would be discharged from hospital described her as a “wonderful and kind” woman who tried to help those who were less privileged.

Charlotte Faux died in Edgware Community Hospital, in Burnt Oak Broadway, on March 20 2014.

After a two-day inquest into her death, Coroner Andrew Walker recorded a narrative conclusion of suicide.

Her mother, Sarah Faux, said: “She was wonderful and really kind. She liked helping people. She changed her route in life because she wanted to help people who were less privileged.

“It’s a massive loss to everybody. I cannot believe it.”

The former pupil at Dame Alice Owen School, in Potters Bar, studied music at York University before going on to gain an MA in social work at Middlesex University.

A keen musician and actress, she sang with Finchley Children’s Music Group and the English National Opera Children’s Chorus, and was a member of St Monica’s Players in Southgate.

She was also preparing for the lead role in West Side Story.

The court heard yesterday how the 26-year-old admitted herself to the Edgware hospital on March 7, 2014, and tried to commit suicide on March 13.

She was due to have a meeting with doctors on March 24 and was convinced they were going to discharge her – something she was desperate not to happen.

She wrote a letter the night before she died saying: “I genuinely do not believe I would be able to survive being discharged into the community at this point. I will end up killing myself.”

Giving evidence to the court today, Adam Graham, a friend of Miss Faux, explained how he visited her in the hospital on March 18, and that she felt “hopeless” and that “life was not worth living”.

Mr Graham said: “She made it clear she had shared these thoughts but felt she was not being listened to. She felt the view of the staff was being in hospital was not helping her, which was not a view she shared.

“She felt if she were to be discharged, she would be highly likely to take her own life.”

Independent expert Dr Prabhakaran said it was an “extremely complex” case.

Coroner Andrew Walker questioned whether the fear of being discharged was a contributing factor to the suicide.

Dr Prabhakaran said that there was a “mismatch of perceptions”, and that staff did not address her concerns or do to enough to ‘reassure’ her about the proposed discharge.

Coroner Walker said Miss Faux made it clear to staff that she “wanted to die”.

He added: “There’s a tension between one side of her that was set upon a course to end her life, but this seems to be balanced against the side of her that wanted treatment.”

Coroner Walker said he agreed with the view that there was a failure to manage Miss Faux’s fears about being discharged, but that the death was not caused by neglect from doctors and nurses.