Tragic schoolgirl, 13, found hanged ‘did not intend to end her own life’

A SCHOOLGIRL found hanged in her home “did not intend to end her own life,” according to an inquest.

Faith Hindle, 13, from Salford, Manchester, was found hanged at her home just one day after telling a nurse she was “unable to protect herself”.

Faith Hindle from Salford committed suicide on December 8th 2018


Faith Hindle from Salford committed suicide on December 8th 2018Photo credit: MEN Media
An inquest has ruled that she


An inquest has ruled that she “did not intend to end her own life”.Photo credit: MEN Media

Now an inquest has ruled that the teenager died as a result of an “accident”.

At today’s Bolton Coroner’s Court hearing, it was revealed that Faith’s family, school and GP practice had tried to provide her with access to psychological support in the months leading up to her death after she began self-harm.

In August 2018, two referrals to the Salford Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) were made after Faith attempted suicide.

Tayaba Nicholson, a psychiatrist at Salford CAMHS, took the referral and promised to see Faith “on a three to four week basis.”

Dawn Dunleavy, a psychiatrist on the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team – based at Salford Royal Hospital – said she saw Faith on September 17 after she overdosed at school.

She said Faith told her she had a fight with a friend and overdosed because “she thought it might help her forget.”

Ms Dunleavy said the teenager has denied any suicidal thoughts but admitted to previously angrily cutting her arm.

She next spoke to Faith when she was rushed to the ER by her father, Lee, after hitting a wall at school and injuring her hand.

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

While attending Cloughside College, a school within the hospital, Faith conducted several internet searches that turned up references to “suicide,” “hanging,” and “easy ways to kill yourself.”

Principal Karen Ingham told the hearing that staff received a notification that Faith conducted the three searches within six minutes on November 20.

Ms Ingham added that Faith would have known the searches were being monitored and said she subsequently contacted the teen’s mother to let her know.

The inquest revealed that during a Nov. 27 appointment with Ms Nicholson, Faith rated her mood as “two out of ten” and revealed that she “still wanted to kill herself.”

At the time, her risk was listed as “high” but the hearing was told it had been reduced ahead of her next hearing on December 7.

During that telephone consultation — the day before Faith’s death — she told Ms. Nicholson that she had thoughts of suicide on a daily basis and felt unable to protect herself.

However, the investigation found that Ms Nicholson considered Faith’s presentation on the phone “as before” and that all risks were managed.

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

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The next day, Faith met up with a group of friends. When the friends left her just before 8 p.m., they said she seemed “in a good mood”. The inquest found Faith then returned home before her mother found her hanged in a bedroom at 10:20 p.m.

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

Coroner John Pollard drew a conclusion from the “mishap,” ruling that Faith “did not intend to bring about her death.”

He said: “I know from the evidence I’ve heard that Faith had attempted to end her life on several occasions. All of their actions amounted to a series of cries for help or attention.”

The coroner added that he believed that instead of killing herself, Faith thought she would be “found and taken care of.”

Mr Pollard described Faith’s support as “patchy in its effectiveness” but said any failures came from a “well-intentioned but overworked individual”.

“It wasn’t a system failure, it was simply a matter of workload,” he added. Tragic schoolgirl, 13, found hanged ‘did not intend to end her own life’

Bobby Allyn

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