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Camborne teen treated 300 miles away from home for psychosis

Camborne teen treated 300 miles away from home for psychosis

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:03am 13th April 2018. (Updated at 6:46am 13th April 2018)

A family from Camborne is having to travel 300 miles just to visit their teenage daughter, who is being treated in a mental health unit.

16-year-old Ella suffers from psychosis and was originally found a bed in Plymouth where she has therapy for six months.

That meant her loved ones could visit her three times a week, but after a recent relapse she was taken to Hertfordshire.

A weekly trip to visit would cost her family around £800 a month.

Family friend Katrina Lemon says it has put them under emotional and financial stress, and she has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and help them.

The original campaign has already smashed its £1,000 target.

Now it is hoped that they might be able to raise enough money so that the family can afford to visit Ella at least once a week.

Katrina told Pirate FM: "She is now in a strange place with people who she doesn't know, relying on visits from her parents as and when.

"I know they phone her regularly but that is not the same as having a hug from your mum when you really need her."

You can donate to their fundraising campaign here.

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The Just Giving page reads: "Ella was a bright, fun loving 16-year-old who had a passion for life. She loved doing things with her family and friends. She was bubbly and full of enthusiasm for life.

"About 18 months ago that all changed.

"She became withdrawn and saw dark things everywhere. She began hearing voices that told her that people wanted to hurt her.

"She became paranoid and couldn't cope being around people. She began to hurt herself and her mum took her to get the help she needed. As time passed she was diagnosed with Psychosis, a devastating mental illness that totally destroyed both her and her life.

"Ella was sectioned and went to Plymbridge House in Plymouth for 5 months to help balance her medication. She was close enough that here family and friends were able to visit several times a week.

"When Ella was discharged it very quickly became obvious that she was no better and couldn't cope at home.

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"After a serious incident Ella was sectioned again and taken to Longreach and held on an adult ward until a bed in a secure unit for young people became available.

"When it did it was in Hertfordshire 300 miles away from her family and friends, whose love and support she desperately needs to recover.

"Her family are torn, needing to be here for Ella's siblings but needing to be there for her to.

"Mental health especially in Cornwall is so very poorly funded. There's a lack of Counsellors, Nurses and Beds in the County. Ella is lucky that she's receiving help, many youngsters are still waiting. Lost in very dark places

"I am hoping you will be moved to help them fund the 5hr trips to visit her at least once a week so they can give their wonderful daughter the support she desperately needs to be able to come back to her family; her friends and her life."

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