Nursing assistant Sharon Bradley has been suspended while Stobill Hospital investigates allegations she sent a picture showing how to commit suicide to a vulnerable in-patient at psychiatric unit.
A hospital is investigating allegations a nursing assistant sent a suicidal teen instructions on how to kill herself.
The unnamed girl was a vulnerable in-patient in a psychiatric support unit at Skye House in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow , when it is alleged Nursing assistant Sharon Bradley, 49, sent her a picture through photo-sharing website Instagram, which explained how someone could end their life
Bradley has been suspended while the NHS trust carried out a high-level investigation.
An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman told the Daily Record: “This is a very serious allegation which is being investigated at the highest level within the organisation.
“While this investigation is being carried out, a member of staff has been suspended in line with our normal HR procedures.”
At her house in Clydebank, Bradley refused to comment, saying: “I don’t want to talk about it.”
Skye House opened in 2009. It provides services for young people aged 12 to 17 who have serious mental health problems. Inpatients are treated for conditions including eating disorders, severe depression and psychosis.
Skye House was built to give these young people a home away from home to aid their recovery.
Bedrooms are en suite and there are classrooms, landscaped gardens, accommodation for visiting families and a gym.
Lucie Russell, director of campaigns at mental health charity Young Minds, said patients in this type of unit need a lot of support.
She said: “Young people in inpatient units are extremely vulnerable and everybody around them should be supporting them and caring for them. There should never be any exceptions to this.”
Experts say social media has a huge impact on the mental health of young people.
Cyber-bullying on sites such as Twitter, Facebook , Snapchat andhas been widespread.
The NSPCC say a third of children have been a victim of some kind of cyber-bullying.
And 4500 young people talked to ChildLine about the issue last year. There are also easily accessible pro-anorexia, self-harm and suicide instruction websites.