Undated Cumbria Constabulary handout photo of 10-year-old Harry Hucknall, cousin of Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, who was found hanged in the bedroom of his home in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, last year (Picture: Cumbria Constabulary/PA)
"Ian Smith hit out at the pressures placed on youngsters by today’s society after being told of the death of Harry Hucknall, who was given fluoxetine and Ritalin for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
He said: ‘I do believe it reflects upon society how we expect children to behave. We expect them to be little adults. ‘We as a society quite rightly try to stop children dabbling in street drugs. And yet a child with this label of ADHD is prescribed, under supervision, mind-altering drugs of a very powerful nature.’ Harry, a twice-removed cousin of the Simply Red singer, was described as a ‘troubled boy’. He was unsettled by moving home 14 times and bullied at school – on one occasion he was held down and threatened with a screwdriver.
In September, he was found dead in his locked bedroom in the home he shared with his mother in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. The levels of both drugs found in his system were above the normal therapeutic level for adults. West Cumbria coroner Mr Smith said, although Harry talked of suicide, he did not intend to end his own life. Instead, he told the inquest in Barrow, he ‘died as a consequence of his own actions without understanding their true consequences’. Harry’s father, Darren, who is separated from his mother, said the drugs were ‘a major contribution to what happened’. ‘He never mentioned he wanted to kill himself before the tablets,’ he claimed."
I read it last week and felt like talking to the parents. I cannot find them but I urge them to read this post I wrote about drug-induced suicide ideation: "Drug-induced suicide attempt: how to differentiate real suicide from drug-induced (repost)"
This post is for those who are taking psych-drugs that are known to provoke drug-induce suicide ideation and it shows how powerful the chemical wanting to die is. If you are a family member you have to rely on your observations but, please, don't let the death of your son be another story, another number.,
Search the web. You will find other stories. At this blog there are other cases too.
What a beautiful lad! R.I.P. Harry... beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...