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Panorama- I’m Broken Inside: Sara’s Story

April 12, 2016

Sara Green was a teenager betrayed by a mental health system designed to protect her. Using Sara’s own words taken from her diary, Panorama reveals the failings of a Priory hospital where she was an inpatient and where she took her own life in a misjudged cry for help. Peter Marshall asks what lessons can be drawn from Sara’s story and what can be done to fix the country’s broken child and adolescent mental health system.

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  1. April 12, 2016 10:52 am

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    Unfortunately I think that Sara Greens story is only the tip of the iceberg & because of even more cuts it’s going to get worse. It’s such a shame that a young girls death has to happen before lessons are learned & I would go as far to say that it’s only because it was televised that they will look into her death. Very sad.

  2. Nick permalink
    April 12, 2016 12:10 pm

    a terrible sad story all i can say if she lived in our house with my wife and i she would still be alive not only that but happy

    • sean permalink
      April 12, 2016 10:13 pm

      what a prick……you must have the perfect life

      • Nick permalink
        April 13, 2016 1:05 am

        far from it but i do have a lifetime of experiences with vulnerable people as does my wife who is a carer to the mentally ill

      • Lyn Mar permalink
        April 13, 2016 11:51 am

        Why does a caring person have to be a “prick”?

  3. jaypot2012 permalink
    April 12, 2016 2:02 pm

    I had an internet friend who was bipolar and we became close and started up chatting on the ‘phone and sending each other some rabbit equipment as we both loved rabbits and used to rescue them.
    Sue was a well liked person and have many friends whom she had made from a rabbit rescue forum and was such a lovely person to know.
    She had her down days, but don’t we all? She very rarely had really bad times and when she was feeling down we would all encourage her and try to wrap her with love.
    One really bad day led to another and another until she was taken in to her local psychiatric hospital for treatment. She had only been there for 3 days when she was found dead after hanging herself in one of the ward bathrooms.
    The bottom fell out of mine, and so many others worlds – the shock of her death, especially whilst being under “observation” on a psychiatric ward, and the fact that her dressing gown was left with it’s belt on, was unbelievable 😦 She had touched so many people’s lives that we could not believe she had gone.
    Sue was an adult of 32 years of age so the fact that young children are suffering in this way and dying when things could so have been avoided breaks my heart. Sue’s hospital, as well as Sara’s where to blame for their deaths, how many more hundreds or thousands are hidden from the public?

    • Nick permalink
      April 12, 2016 2:48 pm

      i know many that have died without a press report so i fully understand on how you are feeling
      did your internet friend have a press report or as you say her death was hidden ?

      • jaypot2012 permalink
        April 13, 2016 11:35 am

        It was hidden Nick 😦 So many of us wanted her husband to complain but he was in no fit state to as he ended up having a breakdown 2 months later. After that he seemed to step away from Sue’s friends and I haven’t heard from him, or about him for a long time now. He is another victim 😦

      • Nick permalink
        April 13, 2016 11:51 am

        very sad indeed and that’s the downside to being a victim in that the person left behind has to step away in order for themselves to survive

        depression is a very destructive force and with mental health care non existent where i live things will only get worse

        all i can say is that my wife does her bit and the relatives say she’s a saint in the work that she does for those that she helps with mental illness and to those who have Terminal illness such as dementia / MND / Parkinson’s ETC

  4. Lyn Mar permalink
    April 16, 2016 8:37 am

    As soon as we recognise that a person with mental issues is not “mad” or “crazy” and that mental illness is just that, an illness, we will have made the first step to helping people handle the situation. That is, get the care needed and know where to go for that care.

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