A SCHOOLGIRL found hanged at her home “did not intend to end her own life”, an inquest heard.
Faith Hindle, 13, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was found dead at home a day after telling a nurse she “was unable to keep herself safe”.Faith Hindle, from Salford, killed herself after telling nurses of her mental health battle[/caption] An inquest has ruled she ‘did not intend to end her own life’.[/caption]
Recording a conclusion of “misadventure” yesterday, coroner John Pollard ruled that Faith “did not intend to bring about her death”.
He said: “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.”
The coroner added that he believed that rather than Faith intending to kill herself, she thought she would be “found and looked after”.
The hearing at Bolton Coroner’s Court was told in the months before 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.
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”.
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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 Prestwich Hospital.
While attending Cloughside College, a school based within the hospital, Faith made several internet searches which included references to “suicide”, “hanging” and “easy ways to kill yourself”.
Headteacher Karen Ingham told the hearing that staff received an alert to say Faith had made the three searches within a six-minute period on November 20.
Ms Ingham added that Faith would have been aware that the searches were monitored and said she subsequently contacted the teenager’s mother to inform her about them.
The inquest heard that during an appointment with Ms Nicholson on November 27 – 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.
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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 hearing was told.
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”.
Mr Pollard added that the support given to Faith as “patchy in its effectiveness” but said any failings were down to a “well-intentioned but overburdened individual”.
“This was not a systemic failure but simply a question of volume of work,” he added.
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