Caroline on her brother's suicide‘We talk about mental health and we talk about reaching out. But the services aren’t there.’

As heard on liveline

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Caroline came on Liveline this afternoon and spoke to Joe about her brother James, who died by suicide 8 months ago. She believes her brother was let down by the services that, in theory, are in place to help him and others like him. She told Joe that James tried to find help.

“It’s the services that failed my brother…my brother did reach out for help. We talk about mental health and we talk about reaching out. But the services aren’t there.”

Describing the process her brother went through while seeking help, Caroline painted a picture of the obstacles he faced.

He had to go through A&E in the local general hospital and he has to wait 4 and a half hours before he even gets in to see a doctor or a nurse because there are no servicesafter half 5 in the evening.

Caroline is convinced that James would have engaged with programmes had they been available.

“I think when he presented at A&E that he wanted help. I think, really and truly, he was hoping they’d keep him. He had left my mother that evening and he said ‘Look, I’m going in. They will probably keep me. I probably won’t be home.’

James was discharged from hospital. A week later, he took his own life while waiting for a follow-up appointment.

“I don’t know what that says to you but to me, that is a service is failing. And it’s failed many people.”

Listen back to Caroline’s story on Liveline here.

If you feel you need to talk to someone, you can contact The Samaritans on 116 123.

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