Teen told counselor he had suicidal thoughts hours before hit by train, inquiries hears

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Transgender teenager, 15, ‘who self-injured after watching Tik Tok videos’ told counselor he had suicidal thoughts hours before being hit by train

  • Ellis Murphy-Richards died last September at the age of 15, an inquest heard yesterday
  • He received care from the NHS Trust and had seen a counselor the day he died
  • A trust attorney said appropriate steps had been taken to protect his life
  • Ellis was described by his family as a ‘delightful’ teenager who loved to laugh
  • Anyone seeking help can call Samaritans toll-free on 116 123 or drop by Samaritans.org

A transgender teenager told an NHS adviser that hours before being hit by a train, he had thoughts of suicide, an inquest has heard.

Ellis Murphy-Richards was 15 when he died in Sheppey, Kent on September 30 last year, an inquest yesterday reported.

His mother, Natasha Murphy, has expressed concerns that he may have been exposed to potentially harmful content on the social media app TikTok.

A North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) attorney who treated Ellis said appropriate steps had been taken to protect his life.

He lived with his grandmother in Faversham, and his death came weeks before his 16th birthday.

Ellis Murphy-Richards, pictured above, was 15 when he died in West Minster in Kent on Sept. 30 last year, an inquest in Maidstone was told yesterday.

Ellis Murphy-Richards, pictured above, was 15 when he died in West Minster in Kent on Sept. 30 last year, an inquest in Maidstone was told yesterday.

Ellis had struggled with mental health and self-harm. He was described by his family as a ‘delightful’ teenager who loved to laugh and entertain.

His grandmother Sharon Murphy described him as an “extremely intelligent” person who “always talked about TikTok.”

Ms. Murphy tearfully told the Maidstone inquiries that Ellis was a ‘wonderful child’, adding, ‘He was kind, caring, loved his family, loved his friends.

“He was delicious and I miss him.”

He received care from NELFT and attended a counseling session the day he died.

Lawyer Rachel Barrett, who represented his family, said Ellis was “ deemed to be at such risk that he had to be immediately transferred to an accident and emergency. ”

Ellis (pictured with his mother Natasha Murphy) was described by his family as a 'delightful' teenager who loved to laugh and entertain

Ellis (pictured with his mother Natasha Murphy) was described by his family as a 'delightful' teenager who loved to laugh and entertain

Ellis (pictured with his mother Natasha Murphy) was described by his family as a ‘delightful’ teenager who loved to laugh and entertain

She said there was “a duty on the trust” to take “reasonable steps.”

At the meeting, his lawyers said that Ellis, who had chosen to use his / her masculine pronouns at the time of his death, revealed a suicide attempt the night before and persistent suicidal intentions, but left before going to the hospital.

Caroline Allen, representing NELFT, said appropriate steps had been taken to protect Ellis’s life, adding that what happened was an “ extremely rapidly changing situation. ”

Ellis’s mother had previously called for TikTok to be involved in the inquest.

She had raised concerns about the impact of potentially harmful online content and the algorithms that may have given Ellis more access to it.

Described as an 'extremely intelligent' person who 'always talked about TikTok', Ellis lived with his grandmother in Faversham and died weeks before his 16th birthday.

Described as an 'extremely intelligent' person who 'always talked about TikTok', Ellis lived with his grandmother in Faversham and died weeks before his 16th birthday.

Described as an ‘extremely intelligent’ person who ‘always talked about TikTok’, Ellis lived with his grandmother in Faversham and died weeks before his 16th birthday.

However, in a preliminary investigation in January, the coroner chose not to include TikTok in the scope, her lawyers said.

Speaking at the inquest on Monday, she said, “Ellis was musical, he’d learned to play a nose flute that I never knew was an instrument.

“Most of the time, Ellis was a very happy person, but unfortunately he also had the impulsive behavior.”

The investigation, which is expected to last three days, continues.

Anyone seeking help can call Samaritans toll-free on 116 123 or drop by Samaritans.org

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