Psychiatrist who helped Frankie Bridge dies after attempting suicide by hanging

MailOnline understands that a leading psychiatrist who helped the rich and famous battle mental health issues died after attempting suicide.

dr. Mike McPhillips, 59, desperately called police to say he intended to harm himself.

Officers rushed to the South West London scene, along with paramedics and lifeboat crews.

dr. McPhillips received emergency treatment after being found with serious injuries but died in hospital three days later

dr. McPhillips received emergency treatment after being found with serious injuries, but died in hospital three days later.

The married father of two was credited by pop star Frankie Bridge, 33, with helping her get off the brink after she suffered a breakdown during her time with the chart-topping girl group The Saturdays.

In September 2011, Frankie – who is married to former England footballer Wayne Bridge – was admitted to the private psychiatric hospital where Dr. McPhillip’s advisor.

He started working with Frankie when she wrote a candid book about her ongoing struggle called Open: Why Asking for Help Can Save Your Life.

Frankie — who is now an ambassador for the mental health charity Mind — declined to comment on the tragedy that unfolded in the early hours of March 14.

The scene of the accident was cordoned off after police arrived at around 3:30 a.m.

The Metropolitan Police later confirmed that Mr McPhillips’ death was not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman said: ‘In the early hours of Monday, March 14, police received a call from a man suggesting he intended to harm himself.

Officers arrived on the scene, along with the London Ambulance Service and the RNLI, and found a man in his 50s with serious injuries.

He was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly passed away on Thursday 17 March.

His next of kin have been informed.

“The death will not be treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”

An inquest into the death of Dr. McPhillips will open on 7 April in the West London Coroner’s Court.

dr. Educated in Cambridge, McPhillips began practicing in 1993 and went on to run his own private consultancy in London’s sought-after Sloane Square area with his wife Rebecca, who charged fees of up to £600 an hour.

Rebecca was too upset to talk about the tragedy at the family’s £3 million home in Chiswick, a short walk from the River Thames where the tragedy took place.

A female relative at the property said: ‘We are all absolutely traumatised.

“It’s terrible for everyone – the kids are upstairs.”

In September 2011, Frankie Bridge was admitted to the private psychiatric hospital where Dr.  McPhillip's advisor was

In September 2011, Frankie Bridge was admitted to the private psychiatric hospital where Dr. McPhillip’s advisor was

When asked about the events surrounding Dr. McPhillips’ death, the relative replied, “I can’t comment on the circumstances.”

In addition to his specialization in a range of mental disorders, Dr. McPhillips is a leading expert on drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.

dr. Mike McPhillips worked as chief physician in the addiction ward of the Priory Hospital in London from 2003 to 2007.

He has worked as a guest consultant at the private Nightingale Hospital since 2009.

Dr McPhillips witnessed the inquest into the death of Cecil Parkinson’s daughter Mary, who committed suicide two days after she was released from hospital.

It was there that Frankie was recorded as her world collapsed around her at the height of her fame.

In her book, Dr. McPhillips described the role Dr. McPhillips played in her recovery, along with psychologist Mal Khan, after she “hit hard, sharp bottom in what should have been the happiest time of my life.”

She said the pair “helped me get back on the path to better health by giving me the tools and knowledge I need to better understand, manage, and accept my illness.”

dr. McPhillips wrote: ‘We desperately need people like Frankie to help us destigmatize mental illness and to show that people who suffer from it are nevertheless hardworking and highly successful.

“By choosing to go public with this book, Frankie is taking a bold step, both personally and professionally.”

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