Inquest calls for 23 recommendations aimed at preventing teen suicides

Five-day inquest examined how to better prevent the events that led to Hayden Kozeletski’s death on Dec. 19, 2010.

  • Dec. 19, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Twenty-three recommendations are being urged following a juried inquest into the the death of a 16-year-old patient who killed herself after walking away from a Saanich psychiatric facility.

A five-day inquest, which wrapped last Friday, examined how to better prevent the events that led to Hayden Kozeletski’s death on Dec. 19, 2010. The inquest ended with a request for more stringent protocols for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, which operates Ledger House.

Among the recommendations are:

• a crisis nurse be made available 24-7 in all hospitals;

• Ledger House patients who are issued a day pass must undergo a debrief upon returning to the facility, alongside their parents/guardians;

• when a patient runs away from Ledger House, the last staff member who worked with them is responsible for calling Saanich police and relaying all pertinent information.

Additionally, the jury recommended that the Ministry of Health fund two beds for suicidal youth patients at Comox’s St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Ministry of Education is also asked to provide suicide awareness training to middle and high school councillors.

There are also recommendations with regards to how patients are assessed to be deemed at-risk of suicide, and how that information is shared among relevant healthcare professionals.

To read the entire list of recommendations, download the findings at bit.ly/uUFQVy.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

First woman appointed rector at Esquimalt Anglican church since 1866 consecration

Gail Rodger is the 32nd rector at St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican parish

Trudeau concludes re-election campaign at Victoria pub

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes his final campaign appearance

Saanich Recreation needs volunteers at Commonwealth Place

Welcome Ambassadors needed at Saanich Commonwealth Place to engage with, direct, and inform visitors

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce honours former Sidney mayor Marie Rosko

Rosko received lifetime achievement award during 2019 Crystal Awards

Man seriously injured after fall from Johnson Street Bridge

Police say incident stands as public safety reminder

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Camera licker, wind gusts and rare bird make headlines this weekend

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Canucks hang on for 3-2 win over Rangers in New York

Vancouver scores three times in first period

More beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

The food safety watchdog has been investigating possible E. coli 0157:H7

B.C. VIEWS: How to get the best deal on your ICBC car insurance

ICBC slowly being dragged into the 21st century

Pot legalization has gone ‘well’, but ‘yellow flags’ on vaping: task force chair

Canada legalized cannabis for non-medical use on Oct. 17, 2018,

Most Read