A STUDENT nurse who hoped to help young men overcome mental health problems through charity work died after taking a fatal overdose of prescribed painkillers, an inquest has heard.

Alexander Hocken, a student at the University of West England in Bristol, had taken codeine and Tramadol at the home of his partner, Karolina Nowak.

Emergency services were called to the property in Adastral Road, Poole in the early hours of November 14 last year.

Mr Hocken, 31, was rushed to Poole Hospital. However, he could not be saved.

During an inquest held in Bournemouth on Wednesday, Dorset coroner Rachael Griffin heard Mr Hocken had taken overdoses on two previous occasions.

He had alerted his family after taking the overdoses both times.

Mr Hocken, who attained 11 A* GCSEs and had previously studied mechanical engineering, suffered a hip fracture in a skiing accident in 2015.

The fracture failed to heal and affected his mobility, leading to him becoming depressed, it was heard.

On November 13, Mr Hocken and Ms Nowak had rowed and gone into different rooms to sleep.

Shortly before 10pm, Mr Hocken sent his mother and Ms Nowak a text to say he had taken painkillers. A later text sent to both women read: "I don't want to die."

However, both Ms Nowak and Poppy Hocken were asleep and didn't receive the texts.

In the early hours of November 14, Mr Hocken went into the living room to wake Ms Nowak.

He said again: "I don't want to die."

When Ms Nowak asked if he needed an ambulance, he said: "I don't know."

The two then went to sleep in the bedroom. When Ms Nowak awoke at around 3.45am, she found Mr Hocken unresponsive and called an ambulance before starting CPR.

During the inquest, Mrs Hocken said: "It is so heartbreaking.

"We were beginning to see Alex coming back to us.

"He was starting to see a future for himself in nursing and with Karolina."

The inquest heard Mr Hocken had been working with mental health services and had spoken with his family about fundraising for others suffering with depression.

Recording a verdict of misadventure, Ms Griffin said: "I do not record a conclusion of suicide but I do accept Alex did the act that caused his death."

She added: "He was clearly a young man who was much loved and well supported.

"He was bright and a great joy to you all."