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Ceara Thacker Was Caught Up In 'Failure Between Uni, GP And NHS'

By George Bowden

Philosophy student Ceara Thacker was found dead in her halls room at Liverpool University in May.

A student’s “desperate struggle” with her mental health led to a “failure of coordination” between her university, GP, and local NHS trust, a review hearing into her sudden death has heard.

Ceara Thacker, 19, died in May, three months after she told a receptionist in her halls of residence that she had attempted to take her own life, Liverpool Coroner’s Court was told on Thursday.

The University of Liverpool student was said to have been visited multiple times by a postgraduate scholar working part-time as a residential advisor.

But apart from checks by the postgrad student, it was not clear “what, if anything was done” to help Ceara, her family’s lawyer, Tom Stoate, said.

Questions are likely to be raised about the training given to Liverpool’s residential advisors, who are often older students who pay reduced rent in return for several hours work a week, as well as support staff such as receptionists.

Ceara, who was in her first year of a Philosophy degree, was found dead in her room three months after she sought help from staff after an initial attempt on her life.

She was also in the care of a local GP and the Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust at the time of her death.

Stoate told the court there were concerns about a lack of communication and coordination between the three organisations involved.

HuffPost UK reported earlier this year that an internal review conducted by the university found professional staff at the institution’s mental health advice service
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