Regional News — March 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm — Updated: March 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

Teenager discharged from unit before bridge jump


The mother of a teenager who fell to her death from the Menai Suspension Bridge has criticised how she was cared for.

The inquest into the death of Josie James heard she was discharged from a mental health unit in Abergele despite self-harming herself and having ”murderous thoughts”.

The 15 year-old from Clwt y Bont, near Deiniolen, had been involved with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for eighteen months, after mental health issues began to emerge in 2012, including hearing voices and becoming manic hyperactive.

Joy James told the hearing in Caernarfon that Josie ‘did not feel safe’ and asked to be taken to hospital in 2015, becoming an inpatient at the CAMHS unit in Abergele. But the family was told she was not considered to be suicidal or at risk of self harm and would be discharged in four weeks, without a community support package.

Reading an hour-long victim impact statement, Mrs James said her daughter was bright and bubbly and had been anxious to go to university – but her family ended up hiring a private tutor because her deteriorating health meant she could no longer go to Ysgol Friars in Bangor.

Mrs James also criticised the lack of communication and parts of Josie’s care – and a lack of support from Gwynedd’s local education authority, but told assistant coroner Nicola Jones that as family, they had ”no interest in pointing the finger at any individual” and just wanted lessons to be learned.

A pathologist ruled Josie died from a ruptured major artery after falling from a height and would have been killed on impact. The inquest heard on the day she died, she had told a friend at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor she was going to jump off the bridge.

The hearing continues on Wednesday, when a clincial director from CAHMS is due to give evidence.

Source: ITV Cymru Wales

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