Blackpool Gazette readers respond to girl's car park roof ordeal

One of the most read stories in The Gazette last week was a mum criticising people who told her daughter to 'jump' from the top of a multi-storey car park in Blackpool.

Monday, 22nd August 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:36 pm
Wilkinson on Dickson Road, Blackpool

The mum said “I have seen the worst of humanity” after her daughter twice in two days climbed to the top of Wilko’s car park.

She told how passers-by shouted for her daughter to kill herself while scores more urged her to jump on social media sites.

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She also criticised medics who allowed her daughter, in her 20s, out of hospital to climb back on top of the car park again the next day.

And she called for a shake-up of mental health services after saying her daughter had been let down by the system.

Here are your comments.

Kathryn Woods

Two years on from Robin Williams losing his battle with depression and we are still no further forward in empathy and understanding for this condition. If this young lady had heeded the voices telling her to jump and they witnessed a life being brutally extinguished in front of their very eyes they would have been traumatised for a long time to come. It’s real life, not a video game.

Kirsty Dugdale

They wouldn’t be shouting jump to anybody else if they had witnessed her actually jump. They would be scarred for life. Her poor mother must’ve been beside herself. These people who were egging her on to jump mustn’t have children of their own, heartless creatures. Hope she gets all the help she needs.

Dawn Wilby

I’m so glad her mum is speaking out. I really hope that the people who were bad enough to shout read this and think twice. I wish that people would get educated on mental health before spouting their dangerous opinions. I hope these people have finally received the help they need

June Hale

Only if there is a real shake up of mental health services in Blackpool and elsewhere will the decent people win out, otherwise it will all just spiral downwards. The same goes for education - something is going badly wrong for people to behave like that. Animals.

Paul Berry

I work on the motorway and we get potential jumpers on the bridges weekly; the abuse we hear and receive from the public is horrendous

Sophie Von Brevern

I took myself to hospital a few months ago because I wanted to and kept trying to do silly things to myself. I’ve been begging everyone for counselling for months and months and not one person has come through with it. 
I just got let out of the hospital with no help other than to refer myself to counselling services which haven’t accepted me

The mum said “I have seen the worst of humanity” after her daughter twice in two days climbed to the top of Wilko’s car park.

She told how passers-by shouted for her daughter to kill herself while scores more urged her to jump on social media sites.

She also criticised medics who allowed her daughter, in her 20s, out of hospital to climb back on top of the car park again the next day.

And she called for a shake-up of mental health services after saying her daughter had been let down by the system.