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Anna’s guests this week on ‘All things Autism’ at Women’s Radio were Melanie Leahy and Julia Caro

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Anna Kennedy’s guest this week on Women’s Radio Station were Melanie Leahy and Julia Caro dropped in for a chat about Matthew’s campaign. The campaign for a full STATUTORY PUBLIC INQUIRY into Essex Mental Health Services (both in the community and in hospitals).

‘All things Autism” will be aired at 1pm and 1am every day this week.  Please see www.womensradiostation.com

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Melanie shared:

Melanie’s son Matthew Leahy was just 20 when he died whilst in state care, in November 2012.  Matthew had been sectioned for his own safety and was dead within 7 days. Since his passing, his mother has been on a journey for truth. To find out what went so desperately wrong that her only child would die.

Despite multiple investigations and reviews over the last ten-year period Melanie says she still is no closer to the truth. Those documents have gone missing, documents have been falsified, important evidence destroyed. That staff have never been interviewed under oath and nobody has been held to account for any wrongdoing. Worse of all Melanie says that throughout this ten-year battle, others have continued to die.

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Julia shared:

Julia’s son, Chris Nota just 19, being another unexpected, needless death in Summer 2020.  This was the second loss for Julia, who had also lost her brother in her teens under similar circumstances.

“Multiple deaths under a failing mental health system continue needlessly – not just in Essex, but across the nation. “

“We really want to see this area of medicine move into line with state-of-the-art science and create safe and good outcomes.  We can do this by looking back on the failings made in recent years in both hospitals and the community. Both needing a clear and honest investigation, where we can confront preventable issues which must now be openly acknowledged. We believe that the knowledge is now there and that we can revolutionise this dark, dusty area and prove that good outcomes and safety are not an impossible dream”.

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Julia and Melanie both shared:

“Nadine Dorries, Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has commissioned a limited independent inquiry into hospital deaths, in a limited area within Essex.  This inquiry has no power to compel witnesses to attend or power to call for documentation to be produced. We can move no further forward unless it becomes a full statutory public inquiry and brings in community mental health services too.”

Julia and Melanie met through Matthews Campaign and their joint realisation that SEND is very much at the heart of the issues that have been faced in Essex.

“The SÉND failures that many have experienced are leading to too many of our children going into an adult mental health service – that is not fit for purpose.”

“We need the support of our community now to change this.”

“The SEND world has responded with great support for Matthew’s campaign and have told us that we must succeed. It is such a huge responsibility that we take so seriously.  We have appreciated their support and solidarity as we have pushed for this inquiry.”

“We must have a STATUTORY PUBLIC INQUIRY into Essex Mental Health Services commissioned without further delay.”

“Please support Matthews campaign by signing and sharing our petition – to help us raise national awareness and remind the Government that we will continue to call for the Truth, Justice and Accountability needed to lead to meaningful change within mental health services in Essex and across the nation.”

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Please sign Julia and Melanie petition:


Our kids are dead or damaged – we fight to save yours. Raped, abused, murdered, drugged, ….in modern day UK. It must be stopped NOW !”

Please help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 100,000 signatures and we need more support.

You can read more and sign the petition here: http://chng.it/XD2N2NKZdc


Melanie & Julia

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Link to Julia Caro and her charity website: Send The Right Message

Connect with her on Social Media

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Link to Melanie Leahy #matthewscampaign website: Cure Mental Health

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