Teenage boy shut himself in room and emailed his mum to say he’d taken his life

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    A teenage boy wrote and scheduled an email to his mum to let her know he had taken his life, after he locked himself away in his room.

    Henry Tucker, 14, was being treated by the NHS for autism and anorexia, however his family were struggling for support at the time of his death due to a knock-on effect of the pandemic on services, according to an inquest.

    On the day of his death, Henry had written the suicide note via email and scheduled it to be sent to his mother at 9pm that evening. He then locked himself in his bedroom in the family home, in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

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    By the time his mother, Kate, had received the suicide note, it was too late. Her efforts to try to revive her son with CPR were futile.

    A diary entry by Henry read: “I can’t find the courage to live any longer. It’s too stressful for me to be constantly monitored.

    “Please don’t feel sad. I love you Mum.”

    An inquest was held two days before the first anniversary of Henry’s death, HullLive reports.

    During the inquest, the hearing was told that Henry had been fed by a nasogastric tube on two occasions, once after he was detained under the Mental Health Act.

    Henry reportedly hated the hospital environment, and healthcare professionals had commented upon the difficulty they had trying to communicate with him.

    Henry’s mother, Kate Tucker, said: “Until this started to happen he was happy, he had a lovely life. Only people who went through the whole hospital experience during Covid know how traumatic it was and still is.”

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    In addition, the Tuckers said not taken enough notice had been taken of the family’s past medical history, and that the number of organisations involved in Henry’s care was “overwhelming”.

    Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it had looked at learnings from Henry’s case and, amongst other actions, money had been secured to establish the role of a single point of contact for a family who would be the lead professional across all agencies.

    If you or someone you know is struggling and needs to talk, call the free Samaritans helpline 24/7 on 116 123. You can also email [email protected] or find your local branch online.


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