published: July 2014
There are far too many suicides of young people in our community. My own daughter Kesia Leatherbarrow took her own life aged 17 in December 2013, after being completely let down by the mental health services despite her desperate need for help.
Since then there have been an alarming number of young people taking their own lives due to inadequate mental health provision in the UK.
In 2014 Deborah’s beautiful son Tyler Smith died after falling from a viaduct aged 19, whilst suffering a mental health crisis. Despite asking for help on many occasions and being deemed high risk, Tyler was discharged from hospital due to disgracefully inadequate mental health provision.