Name: Billie Lord.
Died: July 11, 2017.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Suicide.
Location: Milton Keynes, England, UK.
Billie liked collecting jewelry, and had a good sense of humor. He joined Mensa at 11 years old.
In his mid-twenties, Billie’s anxiety and depression worsened and he started experiencing delusions, so his parents took him to A&E and he started mental health treatment. But a few weeks later, his mental health getting worse, Billie admitted himself to a mental health unit.
Initially, Billie had a room to himself. As an autistic person, he desperately needed solitude, so a single room was necessary. However, he tried to get out of a window, and when staff asked him why he’d done so, he didn’t respond. Billie, who had a history of selective mutism, wasn’t given any alternative communication methods. Instead, staff moved him from his single room to a dormitory
Now surrounded by strangers, his stress level increased, and Billie, desperate, smashed a toilet, used the parts to bash through a double-paned window, and headed to the nearby railway tracks. There, he committed suicide by train.
Billie’s treatment in the mental health unit was extremely poor. Unable to communicate with staff to tell them what was wrong, he was put into a dormitory room where he could not get any privacy. Already dealing with psychosis and the unfamiliarity of his first psychiatric hospitalization, Billie was now forced to deal with staff who had no idea how to help an autistic patient. That they were unable to stop him from leaving the unit was unsurprising, considering he was most likely smarter than any of the doctors. That he did leave, after checking in as a voluntary patient who probably just wanted to get better, is something the hospital staff could have prevented by simply treating him like a human being.
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Tragic death of young man with autism and an IQ higher than Einstein under investigation in Milton Keynes
Inquest concludes into self-inflicted death of Billie Lord, who absconded whilst an inpatient
Tragic death of young man with autism and an IQ higher than Einstein under investigation in Milton Keynes –
Inquest opens into self-inflicted death of man with autism, Billie Lord, who absconded whilst an inpatient