A 13-year-old girl took her own life only one day after she told a nurse that she ‘felt unable to keep herself safe,’ an inquest heard.
Faith Hindle was rushed to Royal Manchester Hospital after she was found hanged at her family home. Sadly, doctors were unable to save her life.
An inquest at Bolton Corner’s Court was told her family, GP, and school had helped her receive mental health support months before her tragic death.
According to Manchester Evening News, two referrals were made to Salford Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service after Faith tried to take her own life.
The teen was seen by the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team on September 17 after she took an overdose at school.
Mental health practitioner Tayaba Nicholson picked up Faith’s referral and regularly met with her over the coming months.
The hearing heard that Faith told Ms. Nicholson she was experiencing daily suicidal thoughts, adding she felt ‘unable’ to keep herself safe.
However, the teen’s parents were not informed and she explained that she had a ‘very heavy caseload at the time.’
Faith was found in the bedroom by her mother the next evening after she spent the day with her friends.
Coroner John Pollard ruled the teen “did not intend to bring about her death.”
“I know from the evidence I have heard that Faith had, on several occasions, tried to end her life. All of her actions amounted to a series of cries for help or attention.
“This was not a systemic failure but simply a question of volume of work.”
Faith’s grieving father, Lee, is now urging people with mental health issues to seek help.
“I still can’t believe she’s gone,” he expressed. “She was laughing and joking all day long and then the next day she’s gone. No one can believe it’s happened.”
“Christmas is going to be really hard. Normally I would be taking her shopping, getting her whatever she wants,” he continued.
“Nobody expects to be planning a 13-year-old’s funeral.”
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