Inquest into death of young Suffolk man who took his own life following a delay in provision of mental health support

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Ali Masterson of Ashtons Legal supported the family throughout the inquest process following the death of a young Suffolk man who took his own life.

JM, aged 21, was found deceased on 4 December 2021 after going missing the day before.

The inquest, which took place on 19 and 20 December 2022, heard evidence from the Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust’s clinicians and managers in relation to the care that JM had received following his plea for help after suffering mental health problems. Whilst the Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide, he also recorded that there was a missed opportunity for an earlier referral to the Youth Mental Health Team.

The family’s lawyer is medical negligence specialist Ali Masterson of Ashtons Legal. She comments: “The Inquest was very important to the family in determining how JM came about his death, to understand what happened and the reasoning behind decisions made in the lead up to his death.

“One concern the family had was whether there should have been an earlier referral for specialist mental health support when JM was in crisis, and this was also identified by the Coroner in his conclusion. The Trust has since updated its policies following its internal investigation, and it is hoped that this will prevent any similar situations.

“The inquest was extremely difficult for the family, but they were relieved to receive answers to the questions and concerns they raised.”

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Ashtons Legal has a strong track record in working with bereaved families to try to raise awareness of changes to mental health services which could save lives.

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