Schoolgirl, 13, ‘did not intend to end her own life’, coroner rules

Faith Hindle, from Salford, killed herself a day after telling an “overburned” mental health nurse that she feared she was unable to keep herself safe. She was pronounced dead at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after being found hanged at her family’s home in Cadishead on the evening of December 8, 2018.

At an inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court today, a coroner ruled that Faith, a pupil at Irlam and Cadishead Sports College, died as a result of “misadventure”. The hearing was told that in the months prior to her death, Faith’s family, school and GP practice had tried to help her access mental health support after she began self-harming.

In August 2018, two referrals were made to Salford Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after Faith attempted suicide, the inquest heard. Tayaba Nicholson, a mental health practitioner at Salford CAMHS, picked up the referral and promised to see Faith on a “three to four week basis”.

Dawn Dunleavy, a mental health practitioner at the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team – based at Salford Royal Hospital – said she saw Faith on September 17 after she took an overdose at school. She said Faith told her she had had a row with a friend and had taken the overdose as “she thought it might help her forget”.

Ms Dunleavy said the teenager denied any suicidal thoughts but admitted having previously cut her arm while upset. She next spoke to Faith when she was brought to A&E by her father, Lee, after she punched a wall at school and bruised her hand.

Faith also appeared to have a ligature mark on her neck, Ms Dunleavy told the hearing. Salford CAMHS were informed and Faith was referred to the Junction 17 wing at Prestwich Hospital.

The inquest heard that during an appointment with Ms Nicholson on November 27 – after being discharged from Junction 17 – Faith rated her mood as “two out of ten” and revealed that she “still wanted to kill herself”. At the time, the risk to her was deemed to be “high” but the hearing was told it had then been reduced before her next appointment on December 7.

During that telephone consultation- the day before Faith’s death – she told Ms Nicholson that she was experiencing suicidal thoughts on a daily basis and felt unable to keep herself safe. However, the inquest heard that Ms Nicholson deemed Faith’s presentation on the phone to be “as before” and that any risks were managed.

Faith’s parents were not informed of what she had said during the appointment and Ms Nicholson told the inquest she had a “very heavy caseload” at the time.

The following day, Faith met up with a group of friends. When the friends left her shortly before 8pm, they said she seemed to be in a “good mood”. The inquest heard Faith then returned home before her mother found her hanged in a bedroom at 10.20pm.

Paramedics attended and Faith was taken to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medics. A pathologist gave Faith’s cause of death as “hanging”.

An inquest into Faith’s death was held at Bolton Coroner’s Court (Image: MEN Media)
Recording a conclusion of “misadventure”, coroner John Pollard ruled that Faith “did not intend to bring about her death”.

Full article here

Source: Manchester Evening News, 11th April 2o22

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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