'Lessons must be learnt' says mother after death of mentally ill son

Daily Echo: 'Lessons must be learnt' says mother after death of mentally ill son 'Lessons must be learnt' says mother after death of mentally ill son

“Lessons must be learned.”

That was the demand from a grieving mother to mental health chiefs after her son died falling from a Southampton tower block.

Drama school graduate Jason Kelly plummeted 50ft from his fifth-floor balcony in Holyrood House, Queensway.

His mother Sylvia stormed out five minutes into his Southampton inquest after accusing mental health services of failing him.

Even on the morning of his death Mrs Kelly says she pleaded to have her son sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

And in an emotional outburst she told the coroner: “This country’s mental health services are diabolical.”

The inquest heard how police arrived at the former amateur actor’s flat on August 28 after neighbours heard glass smashing. Residents feared the 43-year-old – a heavy drinker who suffered bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD – was having a psychotic episode.

Officers found his door smashed and music blaring and Mr Kelly surrounded with broken glass and damaged furniture. He told them he had broken in after locking himself out.

But two hours later passers-by saw furniture raining down from his balcony before he plummeted to the ground.

Witnesses saw him hanging off the railing and kicking out towards the balcony below before falling.

He died at the foot of the block, despite paramedics desperate attempts to save him.

A post-mortem examination revealed he suffered a fractured skull and multiple injuries.

The inquest heard Mr Kelly – who was HIV-positive – had a history of self-harm and outbursts stretching back to when he previously lived in Bournemouth and London.

Alison Vasey, service manager for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said a combination of a lack of information from previous medical records and his tendency to miss appointments since moving to the city two years previously made it difficult to assess him.

Treatment She told the inquest: “Had there been more information the treatment given to Jason May have been more comprehensive.”

Coroner Keith Wiseman stressed it was impossible to determine whether he fell deliberately, and foot scuffmarks on the balcony rail below suggested he was trying to descend to the downstairs flat.

Recording an open determination, he said: “I am unsure what his relevant state of mind was.

“If he was experiencing psychosis and was intoxicated there's a possibility that he didn't have the capacity to make the decision to climb onto the balcony.”

Afterwards Mrs Kelly, 74, from Bournemouth, said: “Lessons should be learned but the government cuts are making it worse.

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5:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

LadyNetley says...

My heart goes out to this mother. The Mental Health services also failed me. I am very lucky to be alive, they also failed to listen my husband when he pleaded with them to section me.When will the government wake up and smell the coffee, people are dying because of cuts to Mental Health services.Then blame the distressed that he was not attending appointments, maybe he wasnt because the Mental Health services were not giving him what he needed.
My heart goes out to this mother. The Mental Health services also failed me. I am very lucky to be alive, they also failed to listen my husband when he pleaded with them to section me.When will the government wake up and smell the coffee, people are dying because of cuts to Mental Health services.Then blame the distressed that he was not attending appointments, maybe he wasnt because the Mental Health services were not giving him what he needed. LadyNetley
  • Score: 20

1:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

waltons11 says...

A relative of mine was also let down badly, I begged the mental health unit not to discharge him, but they insisted that he was OK, an urgent appointment was made with the local MH office who did not make contact until 3 days later when a life had already been lost. They said they had learned valuable lessons from this. Really???
A relative of mine was also let down badly, I begged the mental health unit not to discharge him, but they insisted that he was OK, an urgent appointment was made with the local MH office who did not make contact until 3 days later when a life had already been lost. They said they had learned valuable lessons from this. Really??? waltons11
  • Score: -20

4:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ronnie G says...

I care for 2 patients in Southampton that are under the N.H.S. Mental Health, both have been assessed as having reached CRISIS LEVEL. Both had been due to attend (long awaited) appointments for last week.
Both of those patients were phoned on the day of their appointment (one of them) with only 1Hour before their appointment time by someone in Mental Health to say their appointment was CANCELLED.
Here in Southampton a few similar case's have come to light where decisions made by 'authorised personnel' about patients who suffer with mental health issues, are confusing, inconsistent and, quite frankly, appear worryingly antagonistic towards the actual patient...
I care for 2 patients in Southampton that are under the N.H.S. Mental Health, both have been assessed as having reached CRISIS LEVEL. Both had been due to attend (long awaited) appointments for last week. Both of those patients were phoned on the day of their appointment (one of them) with only 1Hour before their appointment time by someone in Mental Health to say their appointment was CANCELLED. Here in Southampton a few similar case's have come to light where decisions made by 'authorised personnel' about patients who suffer with mental health issues, are confusing, inconsistent and, quite frankly, appear worryingly antagonistic towards the actual patient... Ronnie G
  • Score: -9

9:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

waltons11 wrote:
A relative of mine was also let down badly, I begged the mental health unit not to discharge him, but they insisted that he was OK, an urgent appointment was made with the local MH office who did not make contact until 3 days later when a life had already been lost. They said they had learned valuable lessons from this. Really???
Why would 17 people 'dislike' this post?
[quote][p][bold]waltons11[/bold] wrote: A relative of mine was also let down badly, I begged the mental health unit not to discharge him, but they insisted that he was OK, an urgent appointment was made with the local MH office who did not make contact until 3 days later when a life had already been lost. They said they had learned valuable lessons from this. Really???[/p][/quote]Why would 17 people 'dislike' this post? Reality-man
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10:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

I too cannot comprehend the thinking behind the marking down of some of these posts, seems to me that this site may be an outlet for the bonkers of Southampton and district.
I too cannot comprehend the thinking behind the marking down of some of these posts, seems to me that this site may be an outlet for the bonkers of Southampton and district. Inform Al
  • Score: -5

9:31am Sun 2 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

Ronnie G wrote:
I care for 2 patients in Southampton that are under the N.H.S. Mental Health, both have been assessed as having reached CRISIS LEVEL. Both had been due to attend (long awaited) appointments for last week.
Both of those patients were phoned on the day of their appointment (one of them) with only 1Hour before their appointment time by someone in Mental Health to say their appointment was CANCELLED.
Here in Southampton a few similar case's have come to light where decisions made by 'authorised personnel' about patients who suffer with mental health issues, are confusing, inconsistent and, quite frankly, appear worryingly antagonistic towards the actual patient...
As you might appreciate I as an employee of the NHS (although not a doctor) I have a different view than many pots published above, In my opinion the NHS/mental health get some unfair comments made about it in the Echo and there are are a few of us within the NHS will vote accordingly on particular comments ("bonkers" is a poor choice of word, Al)

From what I see on a daily basis (in mental health) there are many people who come to us in their moment of crisis. I am interested what you did after your appointment was cancelled?, and please elaborate on your last comments re mental health services in Southampton,
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: I care for 2 patients in Southampton that are under the N.H.S. Mental Health, both have been assessed as having reached CRISIS LEVEL. Both had been due to attend (long awaited) appointments for last week. Both of those patients were phoned on the day of their appointment (one of them) with only 1Hour before their appointment time by someone in Mental Health to say their appointment was CANCELLED. Here in Southampton a few similar case's have come to light where decisions made by 'authorised personnel' about patients who suffer with mental health issues, are confusing, inconsistent and, quite frankly, appear worryingly antagonistic towards the actual patient...[/p][/quote]As you might appreciate I as an employee of the NHS (although not a doctor) I have a different view than many pots published above, In my opinion the NHS/mental health get some unfair comments made about it in the Echo and there are are a few of us within the NHS will vote accordingly on particular comments ("bonkers" is a poor choice of word, Al) From what I see on a daily basis (in mental health) there are many people who come to us in their moment of crisis. I am interested what you did after your appointment was cancelled?, and please elaborate on your last comments re mental health services in Southampton, Dr Martin
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