”I’m sorry, I love you”: What depressed teenager texted her friend before stepping in front of train — (The Mirror)

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The Mirror

13:49, 12 Feb 2015, Updated 14:59, 12 Feb 2015

By Lorna Hughes

Jade Kosanlavit was on medication for depression and threw herself in front of a train in Merseyside last year – she had attempted suicide two months earlier

A tragic teenager who threw herself in front of a train had sent heartbreaking messages as she bid farewell to friends and family, an inquest heard.

Fifteen-year-old Jade Kosanlavit was seen standing on a station platform at Port Sunlight and then running towards a train in November last year.

The year 11 student at Wirral Grammar School For Girls died after she suffered multiple injuries, reports the Liverpool Echo.

An inquest at Liverpool Coroners Court heard the schoolgirl, from Port Sunlight, had attempted suicide two months earlier by taking a paracetamol overdose.

She was also on medication for depression.

British Transport Police found a handwritten note on Jade’s body “expressing an intention to die” and saying goodbye to several friends and members of her family.

Her last text message to a friend said: “I’m sorry things had to end this way. I love you”.

Jade’s uncle Chris Proudman told the inquest her family had concerns about fluoxetine, the medication Jade was prescribed.

He said: “On behalf of the family, we wanted to thank the health care professionals involved in Jade’s care.

“They were faced with a very difficult situation, but as a family we do still have serious concerns around her medication.”

He cited research which he said showed the drug had an increased suicide risk of 64%.

Mr Proudman added: “I think the whole family just find it difficult to understand that medication with this increased risk of suicide as an outcome is still being given in spite of this sort of evidence suggesting that children or adolescents can be pushed over the brink.”

The inquest heard Jade was attending meetings at school with the aim of getting her back into her lessons – particularly her favourite science and music classes.

Stephen Spence, a mental health nurse who met with Jade three times, said she spoke negatively about herself but held her relationships with her peers in high regard, saying friends would describe her as “loyal”.

Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello recorded a verdict that Jade took her own life while suffering from a depressive illness.

He said: “I can’t say that without medication, this wouldn’t have happened. What I can say is that it happened in spite of the medication.”

He added: “She was a normal young lady who had normal thoughts. Unfortunately overriding that there was this depressive illness with the most tragic of consequences.

“The illness was something Jade lived with – it wasn’t Jade. She must be celebrated and her life must be remembered.”

Speaking after the inquest, Jade’s step dad John Johnson said: “I just want to say how much I love her and how proud I was of her. I just hope she rests in peace now.”