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Police halt inquest into Goodmayes Hospital suicide

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 April 2016

Alice Figueiredo

Alice Figueiredo

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An inquest into the death of a former youth parliament member while an inpatient at a mental health ward has been halted at the request of police.

Alice Figueiredo, 22, of Havering, died at Sunflower Court, part of Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, on July 7 2015.

A pre-inquest review into Alice’s death was due to be held last week, but was suspended.

Attwaters Jameson Hill, the solicitors representing the Figueiredo family, said: “Despite a history of mental illness Alice had achieved much in her short life.

“At school she had been head girl, chairwoman of the Havering Youth Council and a member of UK Youth Parliament.

“In February 2015 she made the first of several suicide attempts; five months later while under the hospital’s care, she committed suicide.”

A spokesman for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (Nelft), which runs the hospital, said: “Staff at Nelft were extremely saddened by Alice’s death and want to express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

“This terrible tragedy needs to be fully investigated so any lessons can be learned.”

Alice suffered from bipolar affective disorder, complex post traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.

Her mother Jane Figueiredo, a former chaplain at Nelft, has questions about the circumstances surrounding Alice’s death which she hopes will be answered at an inquest.

Madeline Seibert, of Attwaters Jameson Hill, said: “Alice’s family are extremely anxious that all the factors that contributed to her death should be brought to life and thoroughly examined.

“They hope that valuable and lasting lessons can be learned that will ensure that other families do not have to endure such a terrible loss.”

Anyone experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide can speak to professionals by calling Mental Health Direct any time on 0300 555 1000, or get free confidential support from the Samaritans on 116 123.

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