Family wants better help for suicidal teens

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THE family of a teenager who hanged himself are calling for better support for young people who feel suicidal.

Robbie Hale, 16, was found dead at his home in Corsair Close, Lee-on-the-Solent, in January last year.

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His family say they still do not know what drove the popular youngster to commit suicide.

And now his mum Lorraine has spoken out about the lack of support available for 16 and 17-year-olds who need help.

Lorraine says people in that age group are caught in a grey area in the health service.

She said: ‘I don’t know why he did it. He decided not to go to work. He had a bath and took his life. I was ringing him and ringing him and I knew something was wrong.

‘Up to the age of 16 they sit with the child mental health unit and then at 18 they go into adult mental health.

‘But at 16 and 17 what do they go into?’

Since Robbie’s death, family and friends have held several fundraising events to raise money for Papyrus – a national suicide prevention charity campaign which aims to save young people’s lives.

Robbie’s sister Danielle said: ‘I haven’t got a brother any more.

‘They just don’t take it very seriously.

‘It makes me very angry.’

According to the Young Minds charity, 850,000 children have mental health problems and one in 12 young adults deliberately harm themselves.

Lucie Russell, the director of campaigns and policy at the charity, said: ‘The transition from children’s to adult mental health services has long been a key flashpoint for many teenagers.

‘Young people and their families often have to fight to get the services they need and sometimes young people get lost in the transition and end up with no service at all.’