Lincolnshire chiefs vow to improve mental health services after Quadring teen's tragic suicide
Health chiefs have promised a £1.2million investment in mental health services for young people – after a teenage girl’s suicide prompted powerful pleas for improvements.
The grieving parents of Quadring 16-year-old Tiannah Flaherty called for better support for young people during an inquest into her death – and their comments were echoed by coroner Paul Cooper.
The authorities say they accept more needs to be done to improve the way children and young people get care.
Sarah Connery, chief executive of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our thoughts are with Tiannah’s family at this sad time. Support for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is rightly an important national focus and something as a Lincolnshire health and care system we are committed to improving.”
She said the pandemic increased demand for services that had ‘existing challenges’.
The trust has agreed an extra £1.2m to increase staff for children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and cut waiting times but recruitment is said to be ‘challenging’.
Sarah added: “We recognise there is always more we can do to increase access and further improve our services and we will be doing some public engagement over the summer and autumn to understand people’s experiences and where more help could be offered.”
The news comes after we recently revealed that 425 people in our area were on the waiting list for mental health services at the end of 2021/22.
Heather Sandy, executive director for the county’s children’s services, said: “The death of any young person is a tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
She said there had recently been a ‘significant increase’ in support but added: “We are currently planning a review of mental health support for children and young people in Lincolnshire, to see if there are ways to improve access further – the views of children, young people, families and professionals will be crucial to our efforts in shaping future services.
“This will help ensure those with mental health needs get the right support, in the right place, at the right time.”
A spokesman for NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group - which pays for mental health services in our area - said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tiannah.
"Delivery of the Mental Health Investment Standard remains a mandatory minimum requirement for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), ensuring appropriate investment to deliver the mental health NHS Long Term Plan objectives by 2023/24, and we continue to work extremely closely with our partners in Lincolnshire, particularly Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire County Council."
Despite being presented with the words of Mr Cooper - who referenced 'higher bodies' and the need for them to provide resources - a government spokesman said it was not a matter for them to comment on.
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