Trans teen told NHS he was having suicidal thoughts on day he was hit by train

A transgender teenager was hit by a train on the day he told NHS counsellors about an attempt to take his own life, an inquest has heard.

Ellis Murphy-Richards, 15, disclosed his suicidal intentions and admitted he had tried to take his life the night before.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust is now facing questions about why the teen was allowed to leave the session instead of being taken to hospital.

The inquest into his death also heard Ellis’s mother had expressed fears that he may have been exposed to potentially harmful content on the social media app TikTok.

Ellis lived with his grandmother Sharon Murphy in Faversham, Kent, and was described as a ‘delightful’ teenager who loved to laugh and entertain.

Speaking through tears, Ms Murphy said he was a ‘wonderful child’ who was ‘always talking about TikTok’.

‘He was kind, caring, he loved his family, loved his friends,’ she added.

‘He was delightful and I miss him.’

The inquest heard Ellis had been receiving care from the NHS trust and had attended a counselling session on the day he died.

His 16th birthday was just weeks away when he was fatally hit by a train on the Isle of Sheppey on September 30 last year.

Ellis, a transgender teenager, had struggled with mental health and self-harm.

Representing his family, barrister Rachel Barrett said Ellis ‘was assessed to be at such a risk of harm that he needed to be conveyed to accident and emergency immediately’.

She said there was ‘a duty on the trust’ to take ‘reasonable steps’.

Caroline Allen, representing the trust, said appropriate steps had been taken to safeguard his life and that what happened had been an ‘extremely fast-moving situation’.

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

She had voiced concerns about the impact of potentially harmful online content and the algorithms which may have increased Ellis’s access to it.

But the coroner opted not to include TikTok in the scope at a pre-inquest review in January, her lawyers said.

Speaking at the inquest on Monday, his mother said: ‘Ellis was musical, he had learned to play a nose flute, which I never knew was an instrument.

‘The majority of the time Ellis was a very happy person but unfortunately he had the impulsive behaviours as well.’

The inquest continues.

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