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'He died waiting'
The repeated failures of our mental health service have been making all the wrong headlines for years. They’ve been a factor in numerous deaths and sparked the formation of a campaign group. But what drives bereaved families at the heart of these efforts? And what do they want?
"I really don’t want to be doing this. I’ve ended up on this journey I never wanted to be on. I’d like them to just make it okay, so I can go down my garden and sew or write books about the Norfolk countryside."
These are the words of Caroline Aldridge, mental health campaigner, author and mum to Tim, a 30-year-old who was found dead at his home in Chantry Road, Norwich in 2014.
The "lovely, huggy, chatty boy" spent more than half of his life struggling with complex mental health problems, but, according to his mum, was repeatedly failed by the system, passed from pillar to post by mental health services and died facing a long wait for an appointment.
Seven years after his death, his bereaved mother released a book telling their story. Its title says it all; ‘He Died Waiting’.