Mum urges mental health to be taken seriously after daughter falls to her death

The mum of a young woman who died after falling from a seven storey car park has called for mental health professionals to treat every suicide attempt as a 'fresh' case.

Dawn Stansfield's daughter Mollie, 22, died in July 2019 after falling from Princes Quay on Humberside.

She had previously threatened and attempted suicide on many occasions and Dawn reckons mental health experts need to treat each attempt as if it's the first.

After a spate of suicides involving falls from the Humber Bridge, Dawn told HullLive: "Mental health staff can become too familiar with people with mental health issues.

She said: "I personally think there needs to be re-training and I can say that, on my daughter's behalf.

"If the kids threaten to commit suicide enough times, they stop believing it, and that's what happened with Mollie.

"I think every suicide attempt should be taken as if it was the first and looked at with a fresh eye each time."

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Dawn is now a trustee of Mysterious Minds, a charity launched to help families bereaved after suicide, said she would like to see a national conversation about suicide involving schools.

She added: "Mollie's death is a life sentence.

"When someone commits suicide they pass on their pain, and it's a life sentence to those people that loved them. I will never get over this.

"I don't know how to come to terms with it, it's two years in July, and it still feels unbelievable."

She cannot understand what is happening to our youngsters today and says there is not enough help available and suicide needs to be part of a national conversation.

"Some children give out no warning signs whatsoever, and then others are very vocal about it. But we need youngsters to realise that depression is temporary, and suicide is forever.

"This needs talking about more openly in schools, it needs to be part of the curriculum."

As part of her mission to help families affected by suicide, Dawn works tirelessly for the foundation, which was set up by Chelsey Dalee after her partner Jamie committed suicide in 2016, at the age of 37.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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