Schoolgirl, 13, found hanged at home ‘didn’t intend to end her life’ after telling ‘overworked’ mental health nurse she wanted to kill herself, inquest finds
- Faith Hindle, 13, told nurse she was ‘unable to protect herself’ the day before she died
- Nurse Tayaba Nicholson heard Faith ‘wanted to kill herself’ but didn’t tell parents
- Ms Nicholson felt Faith’s risk was managed and ‘as before’, but she died the following day
- The Salford children’s mental health nurse said she had a ‘very heavy workload’ at the time
- Snapchat and Instagram bullies told Faith to ‘kill herself’, her grandmother says
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A 13-year-old girl who was found hanged in her home was deemed safe by an ‘overworked’ mental health nurse the day before she died.
Faith Hindle died the following day after telling Salford nurse Tayaba Nicholson that she had thoughts of suicide every day and was “unable to protect herself”.
The coroner ruled she died of ‘misadventure’ and ‘did not intend to cause her death’, a Bolton Coroner’s Court inquest heard yesterday, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Faith Hindle, 13, ‘didn’t intend to end her life’ and was screaming for help, her coroner says
Faith was pronounced dead after her mother came home to find her hanged on December 8, 2018.
Beautician Charlene Riley, 34, had been out with friends just hours after her daughter Faith kissed her goodbye.
When Faith’s friends left her house at 8 p.m. that evening, they judged her to be in “good spirits”. At 10:20 p.m., she was found hanged.
Nurse Nicholson had called Faith on December 7, where the child told her she was “unable to protect herself”.
Faith’s mental state was deemed “as before”, with risks managed and no immediate threat to her life.
In fact, professionals at Salford Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) reduced Faith’s risk to ‘high’ although she said her mood was ‘two out of ten’.
The girl was targeted by vile bullies on social media who told her to “kill herself”, her grandmother said.
Theresa Riley, 53, told the Mail: ‘She had been the victim of online abuse on Instagram and Snapchat. I know in the past she’s texted people saying things like, “I just don’t want to be here.” And people said, “Just kill yourself!” ”
After Faith overdosed on paracetamol at school, Theresa held her as Faith said, “I don’t want to die.”
The teenager was targeted by bullies on social media and told to ‘kill herself’, her grandmother says
Faith was referred to the Junction 17 wing of Prestwich Hospital in September 2018 after hitting a wall and injuring her hand.
A ligature mark was also found on his neck.
Two months later, while attending school at Cloughside College Hospital, Faith performed several web searches, including references to “suicide”, “hanging”, and “easy ways to commit suicide”.
Manager Karen Ingham told the inquest it all happened in six minutes.
Faith was also well aware that her research was being watched and was probably asking for help.
Her parents were notified and phone conversations with the ‘overworked’ nurse Nicholson were scheduled for November 27 and December 7.
Bolton Coroner’s Court, Greater Manchester, heard Faith just wanted to be ‘cured’
During the December 7 call, Faith said she had thoughts of suicide daily. But his parents were not informed.
Ms Nicholson told the inquest she had a ‘very heavy workload’ at the time.
Coroner John Pollard said Faith never wanted to die and her suicide attempts were a “call for attention”.
He said: “I know from the testimonies I have heard that Faith had, on several occasions, attempted to end her life. All his actions amounted to a series of cries for help or attention.
Mr Pollard added that he believed what Faith wanted was to be ‘found and cared for’.
But the support was “uneven in its effectiveness” and the failures were due to a “well-meaning but overburdened individual”.
He said: “It was not a systemic failure but simply a matter of workload”.
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