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3:44pm 31st March 2014


There are calls for Cornish teenagers with mental health problems to get help closer to home.

It is after an inquest into the death of 18 year old Ben Cowburn who took his own life in an adult unit after allegedly being groomed by a comedian.

A jury found a combination of shortcomings in his care at Longreach in Redruth.

Bosses say changes have been made.

Now Ben's parents are calling for specialist services.

Mum Sharon says at the moment under 18s have to leave the county for help: "It would be amazing if Cornwall could lead the way in having really bespoke services that cover this transition from childhood to adulthood. All the issues around body image, self-harm, eating disorders and sexual health.

Ben's dad Steve says they just want to help other families: "All adolescents, all teenagers go through difficulties. What we found in our case is that something terrible happened to our son when he was an adolescent and he found that hard to cope with. He asked for help and he didn't get the help he deserved or required."

3:44pm 31st March 2014

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