A young woman who suffered self-mutilating attacks was found hanged just weeks after she went public in her battle to stop being stigmatized as "a person who seeks attention."
Faye Larkin, 26, was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder when she was only 13, but said during her teens that experts, including a psychiatrist, used the term "attention-seeking" to describe her behavior.
Last October, Miss Larkin, a baker and craftsman in Salford, wrote a blog for an NHS website saying she had received a new "sense of purpose and focus" by participating in discussions on how to improve mental health as a member of the NHS. Great Adult Mental Health Management Group from Manchester.
But the activist's mental health was deteriorating and only two months later she was found dead in a forest in Eccles after a pajama party at her mother's house.
An inquest heard Miss Larkin had started suffering from mental health problems after her father's death in 2006. Doctors diagnosed with BPD, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
His mother, Patricia Larkin, told the Bolton audience: "She fought after her father's death and the school organized counseling sessions.
"Unfortunately, Faye was a very private person and found it difficult to open up to other people about how she felt. She started to get injured at age 13 and wore long sleeves to cover up her wounds. As a result of her struggle to mourn her father's death, she became more disturbing at school.
"When she was 15, she took an overdose while she was in school and as a result, she started seeing her doctor and was prescribed antidepressants.
"By May 2010, just before her 18th birthday, she overdosed and was taken to the hospital, and she was sectioned shortly after her birthday.
"From this point on, it became a very difficult cycle and she was in and out of the hospital."
Miss Larkin was initially placed in a community home in Bradford, but was later transferred to a Fielder's Lodge, a residential home of the NHS in Salford, after her first home was closed. She was diagnosed with a complex personality disorder and placed in a care plan.
Although she stayed at home, she was free to leave as she wished. In the last six months of her life, her mental health began to "deteriorate significantly" and she used her freedom to go out and make her own life.
Her mother added, "I think she developed a good relationship with most of the team and felt quite supported to begin with. But in April 2018, she heard a phone conversation that made her upset and tearfully telephoned me.
& Quot; We advised her to go out and stay with her siblings, but she really did not want to do that. From there, she had a troubled relationship with some members of the Fielder's Lodge team.
& Quot; On December 8, 2018, I was talking to Faye about Christmas decorations and she came and we were laughing. I convinced her to stay and relax with her family and we had a nice evening together.
"On December 9th, she sent me a text message saying she was going to sleep in my house.I was asleep and I woke up to find Faye in my room.We embraced and went straight to sleep.
"I woke up the next morning and she said she was seeing a friend. The last photo she posted was on Instagram at around 3 pm and she was having lunch with that friend.
"So, at 1 am on 11 December, a police officer knocked on my door and told me that she had committed suicide in a wooded area.
"I wonder if more could have been done by Fielder Lodge to prevent this incident from occurring. Faye had prescribed different medications recently, so I want to know if she was monitored. I want to know if the staff has complied with the current care plans.
"I want to know if there were any phone or text conversations between the Faye and Fielder Lodge staff and whether they were worried. I already know that there was a text message at 4:00 p.m. and I want to know why the Fielder Lodge did not inform us about worrying texts.
"She had complex mental health problems, and tried to take her life on several occasions. There was a specific incident in which Faye took a taxi to a bridge, up the stairs, and jumped. She suffered many injuries and needed surgery. "
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In his blog written shortly before his death, Larkin said, "The most challenging stigma I've faced and would like to combat is that those with BPD are attention hunters.
"People with BPD are more misunderstood by this idea and cause a lot of damage to the individual when this perception is realized, as this can affect their care, treatment and support received.
"In the past, several people, including a psychiatrist, used the term" attention seeking "to describe my desperate and destructive self-destructive coping behaviors.
"It was after a serious suicide attempt that I jumped off a bridge that my extreme anguish and difficulties were finally taken seriously and this term was no longer used.
"The stigma surrounding BPD needs to stop, which causes more harm to people living with BPD. Learn more about what causes BPD, the impact it has on people's lives, and the treatment and support they need to manage it. But the most important thing is to see the person, not the disorder.
"Despite the many labels I received, I know I am more than a diagnosis and a statistic, and I hope that over time I have more opportunities to show it."
Mental health nurse Katie Horton confirmed that Ms. Larkin made several attempts to take his own life in the six months before his death, but he told the inquiry: "It was a surprise and a shock to hear what happened to her.
"I saw her the previous Friday and she was in a good mood. She was well presented and talking about the future and Christmas. She was a well-articulated woman, good at arts and crafts and baking. She was a very attentive lady.
"My last contact with Faye was on December 7. She was well presented, had makeup and was planning for Christmas. She handed me a letter she had been preparing for several weeks and wanted to discuss it at the meeting planned for December 12.
We wanted to work with Faye and we prescribed different remedies to help her control her stress. She was fully involved with the staff at Fielder's Lodge after these incidents and was evaluated according to the Mental Health Act. "
The inquiry continues
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