‘Something needs to change’: Mum of young Dundee dad hits out at mental health workers

Dale Thomson and mum Mandy McLaren
Dale Thomson and mum Mandy McLaren

The mum of a young Dundee dad who took his own life after seeking treatment at the Carseview Centre has hit out at workers.

Mandy McLaren, whose son Dale Thomson committed suicide in January 2015, said she hoped staff who dealt with the young dad at the mental health facility will be “reprimanded”.

After the final day of a fatal accident inquiry, mum Mandy told the Tele: “The lawyers representing the healthcare staff and NHS Tayside have said Dale was uncooperative and didn’t want help.

“But if he didn’t want help, he wouldn’t have gone back to Carseview so many times. He should’ve been detained in Carseview.

“He wanted to be here for his daughter but his mind wasn’t in the right place. I hope the sheriff’s findings are that the staff involved are reprimanded.

“I hope they can sleep at night because I have flashbacks all the time of finding my son dead. Too many young men are being let down with their mental health in Dundee — something needs to change.”

Dale attended Carseview on January 8 but left the unit on January 10.

He was further assessed on January 23 but wasn’t detained on this occasion either, and he was found dead just four days later by his mum.

A fatal accident inquiry into the 28-year-old’s death came to an end this week with procurator fiscal Steven Quither saying the tragedy could have been avoided if Dale had been assessed by an approved medical practitioner during his stay at Carseview.

Sheriff George Way will present his findings later.