Shannon Quinn

Photo of Shannon Quinn, a young woman with fair skin and straight brown hair tied back in a soft ponytail; she is wearing a gray cardigan and a silver pendant necklace.Name: Shannon Quinn.
Died: January 9, 2019.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect (Inadequate supervision while in suicidal crisis; died by suicide-strangulation).
Location: Tipton, England, UK.

Shannon was dyslexic, but she loved learning and worried about getting good grades. After being diagnosed with both anorexia and autism, Shannon was transferred to a special-needs school, and there she was immediately moved to the gifted-and-talented class. She graduated with six good GCSEs and, with her mother, co-wrote a children’s book about cats with disabilities. But she found university stressful and had to drop out and move into a mental health rehabilitation center, where she stayed for the last five months of her life.

Painting of a hand holding a leaf, done in impressionist style.
Painting by Shannon Quinn.

At 25 years old, she was struggling with mental illness, but she hoped to go back to university and become an art therapist once she recovered. However, the rehabilitation center was completely inadequate. She wasn’t assessed by a doctor even once. Staff were untrained, and usually missed checking on her. She was left alone while in a suicidal crisis, with access to ligatures, and died by suicide.

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