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Somerset Guardian comment: Mum's plea after depressed teen found dead at home

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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Catherine Hunt's plea for more funding into mental health issues facing teenagers following the death of her daughter is very painful to read.

Dr Catherine Hunt's gifted daughter Stephanie was discovered hanging at her home in Pensford last year and despite family efforts to revive her was declared dead at the scene.

After the inquest Dr Hunt made a heartfelt plea to the Government saying that she believed there had not been a good enough response to young people's issues of suicide or cyber bullying.

Figures tell us that suicide is the biggest killer of the under-35 age group and by the very nature of their depression it often makes them withdrawn and so difficult to reach using more conventional methods.

We echo the family's belief that depression can be a killer disease and should be treated with the seriousness it deserves.

Stephanie had been self harming and refused to eat and so it is surprising to a bystander at least that The Child and Mental Health Service could not find any diagnosable mental health problems or suicide risk.

It's easy with hindsight to see than something was tragically missed here.

It is difficult to know what Stephanie was thinking, but it's obvious that she was in a really dark place and although her family tried to get help there wasn't enough help there for her.


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