On returning an open conclusion, the jury at the inquest into the death of Ben Cowburn commented that the combination of short-comings in his care, poor communication and the proximity of staff contributed to Ben's opportunity to carry out this act [take his own life].
The jury at the inquest into the death of Ben Cowburn has reached an open conclusion.
Two sisters of Ben Cowburn, who was found dead at a mental health unit in Cornwall, left the hearing while the coroner was summing up at his inquest.
Ben, who was 18, died at Longreach hospital in Redruth in December 2010.
He was found in his room with a plastic bag over his head. He died from asphyxia.
The coroner told the jury that a nurse had checked on Ben an hour earlier and he appeared fine.
Coroner has started her summing up at inquest on Ben Cowburn.Ben,18,from Truro, died at a mental health unit in Redruth in 2010.
An expert in psychiatry has criticised the care of a teenager from Cornwall who died at a mental health unit. Ben Cowburn, who was 18, was found dead in his room at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth in December 2010.
Dr Peter Jefferys told an inquest today that the hospital didn't increase its observation of the teenager when he took an overdose four days before he died.
An expert in psychiatry has criticised the care of a teenager from Cornwall who died in a mental health unit.
Ben Cowburn, who was 18, was found dead in his room at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth in December 2010.
At the inquest into Ben's death Dr. Peter Jefferys said the hospital didn't increase their observation of him when he took an overdose four days before he died. He also said a night nurse in charge of his ward hadn't been told he'd taken an overdose.
The inquest continues.
The mother of a teenager who died at a mental health unit in Cornwall has today criticised his care. Sharon Cowburn has told an inquest that a few days before her son Ben died, his psychiatrist called him a drama queen.
He'd tried to take his life several times before he was found dead at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy was at today's inquest.
The inquest has opened into the death of Ben Cowburn in Cornwall. Ben was 18 when he was found dead at a mental health unit for adults in Cornwall, a few days before Christmas 2010.
Since his death his parents, Steve and Sharon Cowburn, have set up a charity to campaign for a unit to deal with young people who have mental health problems.
At present anyone under 18 has to treated outside Cornwall.
The inquest is being held over nine days at a former convent in Truro and is expected to hear from 27 witnesses.
An inquest will start today into the death of a teenager from Cornwall who died at a mental health unit for adults.
Ben Cowburn, who was 18, died a few days before Christmas 2010 in Longreach Hospital in Redruth.
His family are campaigning for a unit for young people to be set up in the county.
The inquest is due to open into the deaths of a couple killed in the Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset.
Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were caught in a landslide while driving home to Somerset after an evening out in July 2012. Their bodies weren't found for ten days.
The hearing, at County Hall in Dorchester, is expected to last two days.