Robyn tragically took her life following a struggle with her mental health. The Senior Coroner, Penelope Schofield, reached a narrative conclusion that mental health services had failed Robyn as they did not recognise the deterioration in her mental health, nor provide her with the care and treatment she required. The Coroner found that Robyn’s death was contributed to by neglect.

Article 2 was engaged, and a number of gross failures on the part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were identified by the Coroner in her summing up.

In addition to directing that the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust write to the Coroner further regarding the extensive changes they have made to their child and adolescent mental health services since Robyn’s death; the Coroner also considered that the risk to children and young people with mental health difficulties was a national issue and indicated that she will send a Prevention of Future Deaths Report to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Nia Frobisher was instructed in this matter by Russell-Cooke Solicitors.

The case has been widely reported in the national press which you can view here:


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