Falmouth teenager Georgia Gallaway took her own life after battling bad mood and self-esteem


A teenage girl took her own life after struggling with a bad mood and self-esteem, an investigation has found.

The 19-year-old Georgia Lee Gallaway death hearing highlighted the challenges parents of children with mental health issues face when they turn 18 and legally become a adult.

The investigation learned how Georgia had taken advantage of an evening in Falmouth on Sunday July 5 with her friend Madi Clegg.

The couple then decided to take cannabis and smoke a joint.

They drove near Pendennis Castle where they saw other girls they knew. Georgia was rejected by one of the girls she considered a friend.

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The couple then drove to another parking lot and Georgia called her ex-boyfriend to ask him to return some of her belongings to her.

However, it was late so he asked if they could do it another time.

After that, Georgia went silent and stopped engaging with Madi trying to lighten the mood.

Georgia Gallaway was just 19 when she committed suicide in her Falmouth home

The couple drove off and parked near Georgia’s house. She told Madi “I love you” before going home.

The next morning, Georgia was found by her stepfather, Lee Alway.

Ambulance service was called but she was pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Monday July 6.

In a statement, Madi said she has known Georgia for 14 years, adding that she can have “extreme mood swings”.

She also said Georgia’s mood is not responding well to alcohol.

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Meanwhile, Georgia’s mother Sophie Alway said Georgia found the lockdown “very difficult to deal with.”

She said her daughter needed a routine and would stay in bed for long periods of time.

Georgia had also attempted suicide. She had been bullied in the past and had poor body image.

She was also saddened by her breakup with her boyfriend, whom Ms Alway said she liked ‘very much’.

Georgia Gallaway
Georgia Gallaway

She added, “I think it wasn’t a single thing that caused the event that night. If she hadn’t drunk so much alcohol, remembering that she hadn’t drunk anything for that night. lockdown, maybe she would have done things differently. “

Coroner Stephen Covell said: “From what I heard today Georgia intended to kill herself, she intended what she did and that would result in her death.

“She would have known the family wouldn’t be up until about 6 a.m. the next day, so there was no indication that she wanted to be discovered and rescued.”

Mr Covell said: “While there are texts saying goodbye to her best friend Madi, there is no text indicating what she was going to do so that someone can save her.”

Georgia has suffered from mental health issues for many years
Georgia has suffered from mental health issues for many years

He said the appropriate conclusion was suicide. He ended by offering his condolences to Georgia’s family.

During the investigation, Ms. Alway raised some questions about her daughter’s treatment by mental health services.

Bob Taylor has completed the internal investigation into his care.

Ms Alway asked why Georgia was only considered a “moderate risk” after having previously attempted suicide.

She said: “I just wanted to point out that she was only classified as moderate risk the second time she came in (and was seen by the Psychiatric Liaison Service).

“I heard what has been said – since this is an overdose (suicide attempt) they classify it as ‘moderate’ because they know it can be treated.

Grieving Georgia mother Sophie Alway has now launched a campaign to help other young people so that no other parent has to go through what she has been through
Georgia Lee Gallaway

“Yet it’s very clear, Georgia took the overdose one night, went to bed and fell asleep with the intention of not waking up.

“It wasn’t until the next day that she told me about it. I don’t think it should have been moderate. I think it should have been high, especially since she had tried to do it before and ‘there were none. changes in his feelings from the previous time. “

She was also concerned that she had not received relevant information, so she could encourage Georgia to engage with the services.

During this time, she continued to ask when her daughter’s psychiatric assessment would take place, so that she could attend, but they did so outside of visiting hours.

She added, “I think there could be improvements there and what Bob Taylor said about information for 18-25 year olds being shared with parents, it absolutely has to happen.”

Meanwhile, Ms Alway was not contacted when Georgia failed to attend her second appointment with therapy provider Outlook South West – two months before her death.

She said: “When she did not show up for her second appointment, they rang and left a message for the GP and told him of the risk that had been identified so that the GP would be. aware they knew I was involved and she (Georgia) had given her consent for her to call me but I was not made aware.

“I knew she was over 18 but it was a time when she was doing very badly, during the lockdown as said before she had difficulty getting up during the day, eating, showering, answering. basic needs, she cannot be held responsible, she was not in the right frame of mind to take care of herself.

“What I’m trying to say is that the risks were identified and relayed to the GP and nothing more happened, as far as I’m concerned I thought she still had meetings with Outlook South West, I thought she was still getting help, she wasn’t, and two months after this happened and those risks were identified, she committed suicide.

Mr Covell said: “The investigation into the death of Georgia has resulted in several recommendations which I have heard today and I am grateful that these are put into practice, including that, where possible, evaluations will be conducted with a family member present if the adolescent gives consent for this to occur.

“Likewise, if the young person has given consent, family members are informed if there is a problem related to the loss of engagement with the young person, so that the family can commit to bringing the youngster to complete the course.

“I understand the paperwork now in place for in-hospital assessments by the Psychiatric Liaison Team to ensure that steps are taken to contact family if consent is obtained from the teenager.”

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