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Dad of hanged Liverpool student claims uni bosses didn’t reveal past suicide bid


A heartbroken dad whose teen daughter took her own life has claimed bosses at her university never told him she had tried to take her own life in the past Ceara Thacker, 19, was found hanged in May 2018 in her halls of residence at the Unversity of Liverpool She had tried to take her own life several months earlier with an overdose, but her parents hadn’t been told The philosophy student had a history of mental health problems since she was 13, but had kept in regular contact with her family since moving to Liverpool in September 2017 An inquest at Liverpool’s Gerard Majella Courthouse heard on Monday how the “loyal, funny” student was found dead at about 11 30pm on May 11 last year. Her dad, Iain Thacker, told the hearing the Bradford teenager had self-harmed in the past, but her family believed she was still taking her anti-depressants They weren’t told by University of Liverpool bosses that Ceara had gone to hospital in February that year after an overdose Iain said: “Ceara’s death was a horrible, terrible shock to us all. “We had no idea that she was struggling so much, if we had known what was going on we would have made sure our daughter was properly supported ” He said the family couldn’t understand why the university hadn’t reached out to them when Ceara was taken to hospital, or on other occasions when she told them about her mental health struggles Iain went on: “We don’t know why Ceara didn’t feel able to tell us what was going on “However, we feel very strongly that someone in a position of responsibility needed to ask her if she wanted us to be told “Someone needed to recognise that they were dealing with a really vulnerable 19-year-old who was living away from home for the first time, who wasn’t thinking straight, who wasn’t coping and who needed her family to support her “If we had been told what was happening with Ceara we would have made a difference ” The court heard how on the morning of her death, Ceara tweeted about Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, who had just taken his own life She wrote: “Honestly got no words, am so upset. What awful news to wake up to.” In a statement, friend Aidan Flynn said Ceara had stopped taking her medication around three months before her death because it made her feel like a “robot” He said at around 2.30am on May 11, he left her in the library, returning to their student accommodation on Brownlow Hill She later messaged him on Snapchat to say she was home, but then said she had cut herself They continued to message that day on Snapchat and Facebook, and just before 11pm Ceara sent a post apologising for “being emotional” When she didn’t respond to his replies, Aidan went to her flat, but had no answer when he knocked on her door After contacting residential adviser Imogen Webb, she gained access to the room and called emergency services The inquest is expected to last for six days. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK free on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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