Desperate mother shares eight-year-old son's heartbreaking suicide notes

A Facebook page has been set up to support eight-year-old Jack.
A Facebook page has been set up to support eight-year-old Jack. Photo credit: Facebook / Justice for Jacko

A mother has shared her eight-year-old son's heartbreaking suicide notes online in a desperate plea for support.

Mother Kerry Linnell, from Liverpool, says the UK health system failed her autistic boy Jack Rogan, who recently attempted suicide after a year of writing notes to his parents.

Ms Linnell told the Liverpool Echo first warning sign came around the time Jacko started noticing he was different to others at school.

"As he's getting older he realises how different the world is to him, and it makes him feel like a bad person.

"He would kick and punch me, pull my hair, bite himself and try to pull his ear off. Then he'd start sobbing afterwards and start saying those things.

"It's a terrible situation, and it just tears me apart I'm not able to give him what he needs."

However the mother and son were turned away from the mental health ward at hospital in Liverpool because there was not enough bed space.

He was offered a bed in a regular ward where there is no mental health treatment. His mother slept by his side every night in fear he may try to take his life again.

Jack has now spent more than seven weeks on the waiting list for proper treatment.

A Facebook page titled Justice for Jacko, set up by family friends, now has more than 1000 followers. Since the schoolboy's message went public he's received messages and gifts from across the globe - "some from New Zealand," Ms Linnell told the Liverpool Echo.

"He said 'people everywhere really do love me don't they, Mummy?'"

A petition has also been started calling for more hospital beds for kids with mental health issues.

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