Will Young’s twin brother Rupert died by suicide after leaving hospital without telling anybody

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Will Young's twin brother died by suicide after leaving hospital without telling anybody, an inquest has heard.

Rupert Young tragically died at the age of 41 in August last year after falling from London's Westminster Bridge.

It has now come to light that Rupert was stopped by paramedics as he walked along the edge of the same bridge just days before.

Pop Idol winner Will said during the inquest, which was held at St Pancras Coroner's Court in London: "In my experience with Rupert, my twin, he was given medication to aid with the withdrawals.

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"However when he was either discharged or as a pattern for Rupert, absconded, he wasn't allowed to take this anymore.

"They are asked to wean themselves off by drinking alcohol. Do you think an alcoholic drinking 40 beers a day, do you think it's at all viable, sensible, maybe even caring, to ask an alcoholic to then wean themselves off with the very drug they are dependent on?"

A report produced by a mental health nurse from Lambeth Hospital and a doctor from Southwark Mental Health Service found that Rupert had "left [hospital] without telling anyone and while staff were still in the process of putting a care package together for him."

Mental health nurse Steve Badger said: "We felt that the care Mr Young had received was appropriate both in terms of community, addictions and the crisis liaison service as well.

"He was not discharged from the hospital at St Thomas' nor did he note his own discharge, he left the hospital without telling anyone while staff were still in the process of putting a care package together for him.

"Speaking to the staff involved we were both struck by how committed staff were to Mr Young's care, he obviously made a significant impact on the people he had met.

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"It was obviously a difficult situation in that most of the ways or times he accessed care was through crisis services.

"It seemed difficult to engage him in a structured way with community services but all staff involved had been quite flexible and had tried lots of different options to try to get the care he needed.

"They also had a pretty good idea of the sorts of troubles and difficulties he was dealing with before his death."

Speaking after the inquest, Will told reporters outside the court: "It's a difficult time for myself and my family.

"Those working within the NHS are doing an amazing job under very difficult circumstances. It's never been more hard pressed than at the moment, of course.

"However, my brother is someone who had, in the months and weeks before his death, been into hospital countless times following suicide attempts. I understand it that Rupert, who had been found trying to jump off Westminster Bridge on 28 July 2020, was allowed to leave hospital two days later, yet again without even being referred to a consultant psychiatrist.

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"It is my belief that it must or should have been obvious to all concerned that he was at high risk of suicide and should have been detained under the Mental Health Act for his own safety. Had this been, he might still be alive today.

"I know we are not the only family in this situation and I pray that lessons are learnt from this situation and that some of these deaths are prevented in the future."

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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