The Scottish Government to change mental health services in Scotland.

The Scottish Government to change mental health services in Scotland.

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Johanne Kemp
Johanne Kemp signed this petition

Over the last seven days two very young adults from Highlands have have taken their own lives. One of these young people was 18 year old Hannah who for three years had been living with my parents. My parents fostered Hannah after her other fostering arrangements had been terminated, they both knew Hannah and were happy to give her a loving home. Due to COVID-19 it was deemed necessary by Highland Council that Hannah move out of my parents' house for safety reasons as she was working in a care home and my parents were in a high risk category from COVID-19. Hannah had suffered from poor mental health most of her young life but had been doing so well until she moved on the 15 March 2020. On the lead up to her death she had attempted to take her own life on three occasions in one month. Hannah had been assigned a mental health worker who was supposed to help her. Before Hannah died she told her mental health worker that she was going to take her own life ; that worker took no action. She did not inform my parents, who were Hannas Foster carers, she did not inform the police, in fact she informed no-one to my knowledge. What she did do is write a care plan that explained how Hannah could safely self-harm. If this is normal practice for mental heath workers then in my view this needs to change. I am pleading to everyone I know to sign this petition as radical changes need to be made. Too many young people have taken their own lives in Fort William over the last few years, and two young lives lost in 7 days is two too many. If by signing this petition we can save a young life and reform mental health provisions in Scotland then we have achieved our aim. Thank you in advance.