Perhaps he had private griefs, disappointments, self-doubts - and counselling might have helped here. But perhaps he was -at least partly - making a moral protest against the style of government of his university. Apparently, his suicide notes suggested this was the case, and if so, an inquiry seems the appropriate response. We don't want to travel the path of counselling and psychiatry as a corrective to oppositional postures.
I noted, at the inquest, the coroner's refusal to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. I've known David Regan for 30 years, been a colleague for 17, had much talk with him in his last months, and particularly his last week, and might have been able to assist an inquiry operating under less restrictive procedural rules than the coroner imposed.
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