The family of a 21-year-old who was found dead on the Law has defended practices at the Carseview Centre after an MSP called for a review of the psychiatric unit.
Sophie Reilly’s body was found on August 1, the same day police appealed for information after she was reported missing.
She had been in the care of Carseview in the weeks leading to her death.
In the wake of Sophie’s death, Jenny Marra, MSP for North East Scotland, called for a review of the facility.
Ms Marra said: “Mental health issues are resulting in the deaths of far too many of our young people.”
However, in a statement, Sophie’s family said they couldn’t fault the care she received at Carseview.
The statement said: “We would like to emphasise how kind the staff were to Sophie in her final weeks.
“We are grateful to them for doing their best to look after her. We have no reason to believe there were any systemic failings of the mental health care given at Carseview.”
Ms Marra said that while staff at Carseview were “very dedicated”, a review should be conducted to see if the demands on them are “too much”.
She added: “I have had several representations from families whose loved ones have been treated in Carseview.
“I think the time has come for a proper review of the facility.
“There are very dedicated staff in Carseview, but if it is found that the demands being made on staff are too much then that will need to be dealt with.
“I would hope any review the Government commissions would include what can be done to improve the resilience of young people to try to prevent ill health, and not just its treatment.”
An NHS spokeswoman said: “Every death is a tragic event and our thoughts remain with the family at this time.
“We will not comment on individual cases; however, in all of our inpatient mental health units across Tayside, our staff work very hard caring for and supporting people who are experiencing mental health issues.”
In June, health secretary Shona Robison apologised to the family of 28-year-old Dale Thomson, who died just days after being allowed to leave Carseview on January 10 2014.
Andrew Russell, NHS Tayside’s medical director, admitted that “the care and treatment of Dale fell below the standard we would expect”.