A teenager who did not receive counselling he had been referred for took his own life.Strangely, newspapers seem to be reporting the method a lot more than they used to...
Lauruell Clarke (Ed: !) was found dead at his home in Clayton Way, Hove, on October 11 last year.
His father Raymond Clarke returned home just after 7am and discovered the 14-year-old hanging from a loft hatch.So, why didn't he receive the counselling?
An inquest into his death at Brighton Coroner’s Court yesterday heard Lauruell had been referred to the East Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) after he took an overdose of paracetamol in March last year.
Lauruell was seen on April 29 by the CAMHS duty team and was assessed as being low risk, with no diagnosis of a mental health condition. It was agreed he should have counselling through his school’s health and wellbeing service, but the referral was never made.
Peter Joyce, general manager at East Sussex CAMHS, said: “It was identified in our investigation that the worker did not process that information and send it across.
“The risk assessment was started but not signed off.”Whether it would have made a difference is rather a moot point, I suppose.
The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide and said: “I believe this was a spontaneous decision.
“Lauruell was a high achiever and he was loved and admired. There are so many pressures on young people these days, I’m never quite sure how they cope.”Maybe not having a name that looks like mum & dad passed the bag of Scrabble tiles between them might help?