Community calls for funding into mental health services in wake of tragic death of Halifax schoolgirl Ursula Keogh

Many of you have spoken about more support is needed for mental health services following the tragic death of halifax schoolgirl Ursula Keogh
Many of you have spoken about more support is needed for mental health services following the tragic death of halifax schoolgirl Ursula Keogh

The Calderdale community has demanded that more funding and support be put into mental health services on the back of the tragic death of a schoolgirl.

An inquest at Bradford Coroners Court was concluded on Thursday into the death of 11-year-old Ursula Keogh

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Coroner Martin Fleming highlighted that greater communication is needed between schools and GPs to help pupils.

He also requesting what safety measures can be put into place at a bridge in Halifax following the death of the Lightcliffe Academy pupil.

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Responding on the Halifax Courier Facebook page many of you have offered messages of condolences as well as calling for more funding and support for mental health services.

Zoe Chadwick: "It's not the bridge, there needs to be more help and support available to young and older generation. More mental health services to younger should be available. Schools' youth clubs could do awareness talks in and out of school.... Such a shame."

Kelly Sirmond commented "Measures need to be put in place to stop people getting to point where they feel that suicide is their only option. The lack of mental health provision for children is totally unacceptable, this needs addressing immediately."

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"Whilst it is good they are looking into and putting up measures to prevent further tragedies, it’s mental health services that need more funding, if someone is going to take their life they will find another place or method, intervention is needed before people get to this point," said Cheryl Bentley.

Louisa Settle said: "What might help is looking at why people particularly young people are feeling so utterly desperate and wretched that they do this. Safety measures won’t cure their inner turmoil will it? More mental health service access is desperately needed."

Many of you also offered your condolences to family and friends on Facebook.

Natalie Booth said "Just heartbreaking to read that this girl felt there was no way out - our country is in dire straits regarding mental health.. Parents are asking for help and being passed between schools and GP. RIP beautiful girl xx"

Sammy Keeting said: "So sad for her family god bless little one rest in peace angel xxx"

Victoria Polak commented: "Poor girl, feel for her family and friends. RIP beautiful ❤️ xx"