Grieving mother says daughter, 16, who took her own life would still be alive if GP had not given her powerful prescription drugs — (The Daily Mail)

SSRI Ed note: Teen prescribed medication for depression and anxiety dies by suicide 15 days later, mother never knew she was taking meds.

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The Daily Mail

By Paddy Dinham For Mailonline

Published: 19:20 BST, 10 November 2016 | Updated: 19:52 BST, 10 November 2016

Britney Mazzoncini killed herself by overdosing on prescription drugs.

Her mother had no idea that she had been given pills by her GP.

This was despite Britney admitting to having mental health issues.

Annette, 34, wants all parents to be consulted on issues with under-18s.

Britney Mazzoncini, 16, took her own life back in July this year

A grieving mother has claimed her daughter would still be alive if she had known that the teenager’s GP had given her powerful prescription drugs.

Britney Mazzoncini, 16,  took her own life back in July this year after being prescribed a month’s worth of pills – a drug which claims to reduce anxiety.

The popular teen had told her GP she was having suicidal thoughts and bad panic attacks when she was given the tablets.

But 16 days later Britney overdosed at her home in Glasgow.

Her devastated mother, Annette McKenzie, who had no idea she was on the medication, has claimed Britney would still be alive if she hadn’t been prescribed the pills.

The 34-year-old from Hillington, Glasgow has now launched a petition so that parents are consulted before any child under 18 with mental health issues are put on medication.

On the petition for the Scottish Government, Britney said: ‘My 16-year-old daughter Britney made an appointment with her local GP without my knowledge or consent.

‘She explained to the GP that she was a self-harmer and was having night terrors and suffering from depression and anxiety, and having suicidal impulses. Britney was 16 years old at the time of the appointment.

‘At no stage was I aware of the consultation with the GP or that Britney had been prescribed this medication or the quantity of medication prescribed, because the law currently allows GPs to prescribe young persons under-18 medication without the knowledge or consent of the parents or guardians.

‘Sixteen days later, Britney overdosed. The police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

‘This was the first I knew of my daughter’s prescription and consultation with her GP, despite the fact she expressed to her GP that she had mental health concerns. I was not made aware of this until after my daughter’s death.

The popular teen (pictured left with a friend) had told her GP she was having suicidal thoughts and bad panic attacks when she was given the 40mg tablets

The quantity and strength of medications prescribed to Britney represented danger to herself, her mother believes

‘The strength and effect of some mental health medications make it important that parents and guardians are fully involved and aware of the circumstances, allowing them to support treatment and ensure that pathways of care are most appropriate for their children.

‘The quantity and strength of medications prescribed to Britney represented danger to herself, and I believe that my daughter may still be with us if I had been privy to the information that was vital to her care and health issues.

‘There are undoubtedly cases where young people with mental health issues require prescription medication, in addition to other forms of care.

‘However this should only be done in the case of under-18s with the involvement, knowledge and consent of the parents or guardians.

‘I ask the Petitions Committee to investigate this issue fully to try and ensure no more parents have to go through what I have gone through in recent months.’

She later added on the Britney’s plea Facebook page: ‘Had I known my daughter had these tablets I believe she would still be here today.’

The family also said that they have put in a complaint with the General Medical Council over Britney’s death.

The petition has received hundreds of messages of support on social media since being launched this week.

Clair Gallie said: ‘Signed this is so heartbreaking they must change the age 16 years old is just too young without parents consent. So sorry for your loss cannot begin to imagine how you feel.’

And Kirsty Gary Gabba Macdonald wrote: ‘This is something I feel strongly about. Sorry for your loss.’

Earlier this year it emerged that the number of Scots under-21 taking prescribed anti-depressants has almost doubled to nearly 24,000 in the last year. This includes 1,123 children under 15 who were given antidepressant prescriptions to deal with mental health issues, up from 560 in 2009.