Daughter’s death blamed on lack of specialist mental health beds in Kent

Sherry Inkin, mother of Lisa Inkin, who died in April last year aged just 21, when she took her own life by jumping in front of a Tube train, has appeared on Radio Kent this afternoon, alongside Nick Fairweather (who represents Sherry) talking about the factors that she believes caused her daughter’s death.

Lisa suffered with chronic anorexia.

While she was poorly, she spent extended periods (up to 11 months) out of area because there were no beds available for her in Kent.

Rather, she was admitted to a private hospital in Ealing.

It was whilst returning to that hospital, from home leave, that Lisa took her life.

The evening before, hospital staff had been warned, by a friend of Lisa’s, that Lisa had texted her farewell messages.

The hospital failed to act on that information that evening.

There was also evidence, at Lisa’s Inquest, that she too had telephoned the hospital the evening before she died.

Sherry spoke movingly of Lisa having to be treated out of area when in crisis.

She says that she knows that, if Lisa had had better treatment, she would still be with us.

Nick Fairweather described as “horrendous” the common practice of taking people in acute distress out of their communities and family support.

He also spoke of how important it is to maintain and sustain local specialism networks of mental health hospitals and community teams which are being shut dismantled currently in Medway and elsewhere.

Please click below to listen to a recording of the programme: