Inquest hears young girl (11) died by suicide

Milly Tuomey from Templeogue in Dublin had expressed thoughts of taking her own life

Inquest hears young girl (11) died by suicide

Milly Tuomey

The Coroner's Court has heard an 11-year-old girl who died by suicide on New Year's Day last year had hated the way she looked.

Milly Tuomey from Templeogue in Dublin was self harming and had expressed thoughts of taking her own life.

She was found in a critical condition on New Year's Day 2016, and died several days later on January 4th.

She was due to have an appointment with the HSE's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Yesterday, her inquest heard how she had been unhappy with how she looked and had written 'Beautiful Girls Don't Eat' in biro on herself.

Campaigner and former senator Jillian Van Turnhout says this tragic case highlights the lack of access to help.

She explained: "Her family knew that she needed help, and they couldn't get the services in a timely and appropriate way.

"It is unacceptable that, if a child of such a young age is experiencing any suicidal thoughts, that they don't immediately get access to services."

Anyone affected by issues raised in this article can contact Pieta House on 1800-247-247, the Samaritans on 116-123 or the eating disorder association Bodywhys on 1890 200 444