Ceara Thacker death: Student ‘told university of suicidal thoughts’

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A scholar discovered hanged at university had waited greater than two months for assist with suicidal ideas, an inquest has heard.

Ceara Thacker, 19, was discovered lifeless in her halls of residence on the University of Liverpool in May 2018.

It took greater than a month for the university to course of a self-referral and an extra month for her to see a counsellor, a courtroom was informed.

The philosophy scholar, from Bradford, died a month later.

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Image caption Ms Thacker’s father, Iain, mentioned she was “perceptive, intelligent, loyal, funny and extremely kind”

Ms Thacker had suffered psychological well being issues since she was 13 and had a historical past of despair and self-harm, Gerard Majella Courthouse was informed.

The day after taking an overdose and being handled in hospital, she stuffed out a self-referral kind for the university’s psychological well being help staff revealing she was struggling to manage, the inquest heard.

But the university’s senior psychological well being adviser Lindsay Pendleton admitted it was greater than a month earlier than the shape was processed.

Image caption Ms Thacker began university in September 2017

It was an extra month earlier than she had a face-to-face dialog with the primary 12 months scholar, the courtroom was informed.

Ms Pendleton admitted she didn’t take into account Ms Thacker to be at fast threat regardless of confessing she had taken an overdose.

She additionally mentioned she had supposed to contact the coed’s GP however failed to take action and didn’t focus on telling Ms Thacker’s household.

Ms Pendleton mentioned she had deliberate to “explore” household relationships at a future session.

Ms Thacker’s father, Iain, of Guiseley, West Yorkshire, has criticised the university for not telling the household concerning the earlier suicide try.

The inquest continues.

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