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A mother Lindsey Bridges has claimed her autistic daughter took her own life after spending eight months in a psychiatric ward six hours from her home with no daylight or exercise.
Lindsey Bridges, 43, from Bournemouth, said Lauren, 20, was “a massive failure at the hands of the mental health system” after being admitted to six different psychiatric wards between October 2018 and February this year.
She added that Lauren, who died two months ago, “suffered terribly from separation anxiety” and her mental health “declined rapidly” while she was six hours from her home at a Manchester hospital last June.
Lindsey paid tribute to the “straightforward A student” with a “beautiful smile, a kind heart and sheer courage,” saying, “It broke her and our little family.
“She wasn’t just my daughter, she was my best friend.”
Lindsey, an emergency care integrated health consultant, told the Mirror: “Being an inpatient has robbed me of my daughter, my son of his sister, my parents of their granddaughter and most importantly, it took Lauren’s life.
“I’m absolutely broken about it, I’m lost without her. When she went to the hospital, I made her a promise. I promised I would never give up fighting for her no matter what.
“We’ve often talked about how we would change the world once it was well enough to help me. She hated the system and how it let everyone around her down.”
She said her daughter was “locked away,” often not seeing daylight or offered her exercise “for weeks” alongside “little or no therapy or therapeutic activities to stimulate her.”
Her comments came as she started a petition calling for a range of changes to the mental health care system, including specialized suicide prevention teams and self-harm teams for vulnerable young people and autistic patients.
She also suggested that no children or adults with autism should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital away from the area of their family home and that therapeutic activities and therapies should be offered on a daily basis.
Linsey wrote: “Lauren was left alone, far from home, with no therapy and no therapeutic activities, in an environment that did more harm than good.
“I believe that if my proposals were already in place, my daughter would still be alive.”
A spokesman for Dorset HealthCare, which runs the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), said: “While we cannot comment on individual circumstances, we can say that we strive to support all patients affected by our mental health problems Health services are cared for and in the community so they can live safe and fulfilling lives.
“When patients or their families feel they have not received the support they expect, we work with them and do our best to address their concerns
“Off-area placements are only ever used by services as a last resort, either when we are at full capacity or when a person has very complex needs and requires specialized care that is not available in Dorset.
“We have always been committed to reducing the need for overseas placements in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and in recent years we have undertaken an extensive program of work to achieve this.”