Girl, 13, took her own life a day after telling nurse she couldn’t keep herself safe

Schoolgirl Faith Hindle was found dead in her bedroom by her mother in December 2018, with her father saying at the time he “could not believe” his daughter was gone

Faith Hindle was found dead in December 2018

A teenager who took her own life had warned a nurse she “felt unable to keep herself safe” the day before she died, an inquest heard.

Faith Hindle, 13, was found hanging at her family home and was rushed to Royal Manchester Hospital, but medics were unable to save her from dying.

An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court was told her family, school and GP had helped her access mental health support in the months before her death.

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

Faith was seen by the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team on September 17 when she took an overdose at school.

Tayaba Nicholson, a mental health practitioner at Salford CAMHS, picked up her referral and they regularly met over the coming months.

Faith had said the day before her death she did not believe she could keep herself safe


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The hearing heard how during their telephone appointment on December 7 Faith told Ms Nicholson she was experiencing daily suicidal thoughts and felt “unable” to keep herself safe.

Faith’s parents were not informed and she told the hearing she had a “very heavy caseload at the time.

She was found in her bedroom by her mother, Charlene, the next evening after she spent the day with friends and was later pronounced dead.

Recording a conclusion of “misadventure”, coroner John Pollard ruled Faith “did not intend to bring about her death”.

Floral tributes left to the 13-year-old in 2018


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

“This was not a systemic failure but simply a question of volume of work.”

Speaking after her death in 2018 her father Lee urged people with mental health issues to seek help.

He said: “I still can’t believe she’s gone.

“She was laughing and joking all day long and then the next day she’s gone. No one can believe it’s happened.

“I still expect to see her – to give her a kiss and stuff.

The case was heard at Bolton Coroners’ Court


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“Christmas is going to be really hard. Normally I would be taking her shopping, getting her whatever she wants.

“Nobody expects to be planning a 13-year-old’s funeral.”

At the time her friends organized a Just Giving page to help pay for her funeral costs which eventually raised more than £9,000.

Her parents responded by saying: “We are so overwhelmed with all the support and help from not just friends and family but the whole of the community.

“There isn’t enough words in the world that would let everyone know how truly grateful we are, we are gonna be able to give our baby girl the most special send off. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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