New mother’s death while in Portsmouth in temporary hotel was not expected, review finds
Local authorities and health agencies said they were “committed” to learning from the death of a young mother who committed suicide while staying temporarily in a hotel.
The 21-year-old woman, known as “YL”, died in January 2020 from mental health issues that took her to hospital several times, including a stay that ended just before Christmas in 2019.
A review to save his death is now complete. He revealed that his death was not predictable, but that it was “incumbent” on the health and care system to learn the lessons.
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âYL was a young person in transition to her young adult life,â she said, âYL was also the mother of her two year old daughter and a much appreciated member of a close and supportive family.
“YL’s death was tragic and was not expected at the time it occurred.”
But the Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board report said the provision of housing for the homeless and collaboration between health services needed to be improved.
He said the provision of temporary accommodation “must be more flexible” after YL requested, shortly before his death, to live in shared accommodation rather than a hotel room.
The report adds: âThe temporary housing market needs to expand to include housing in buildings that not only provide access to positive social life and social interaction, but also provide opportunities to develop life skills such as cooking and laundry.
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“These facilities are not available in temporary hotels, making hotels inconvenient and expensive for the homeless, as well as potentially overwhelming for young adults inexperienced in caring for themselves.”
He added that health care services had to “worsen” concerns in the health system when problems worsened.
Chairman of the Board David Goosey said: “While the death is not linked to abuse or neglect, there are lessons to be learned, including how city departments can work together more. effectively to support adults with complex mental health issues and their families.
âMany improvements have already been made and an action plan is being put in place to address other lessons identified.
“We offer our deepest condolences to YL’s family and to those who knew her.”
David Williams, chief executive of Portsmouth City Council, said the report’s recommendations had been “noted” and the council was “determined” to improve its services.
âWe have worked with our partners to develop a multi-agency action plan that focuses on raising awareness of the impact of homelessness on people’s mental health,â he said. âWe will work together to implement the plan so that we learn from the results and make the right changes. “
Superintendent Clare Jenkins, Portsmouth District Commander of Hampshire Police, said protecting the public from damage was his “top priority”.
She said: âThe Hampshire Police Mental Health Officer has thoroughly reviewed these recommendations and reviewed the mental health training provided to new and existing officers as a result, with the implementation of new training. obligatory.
âWe strive to ensure that our adult and child protection processes are as effective and integrated as possible and will continue to work alongside our partners to implement any identified changes to improve these processes. “
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