Harrow teenager, 14, said ‘goodnight’ to family before being found dead hours later after being ‘bullied’

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A coroner has warned of further deaths after the suicide of a 14-year-old North London school student. Mia Janin, who attended the Jewish Free School (JFS) in Kenton, Harrow, was found dead by her parents on March 12, 2021 after being bullied.

Tony Murphy, Area Coroner for the coroner area of the Northern District of Greater London, noted in a prevention of future deaths report, published on Thursday, February 22, that Mia had ‘close friends’, including at her secondary school, but she also experienced ‘bullying behaviour’ from some male students. Neither Mia’s family nor teachers were aware of that behaviour before her death, he added.

The report also read: “On March 10, 2021, Mia posted a video on social media asking two of these male students not to mock her and criticising their music and fashion. This video received a large number of hostile responses, which Mia found stressful. On the evening of March 11, 2021, Mia said to her parents that she had had a difficult week and asked to move to a different secondary school, which they agreed to explore.

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Mia was last seen alive around 10pm on March 11, 2021 when saying goodnight to her parents in their family home. She was then discovered deceased at home by her parents around 6.50am on March 12.

Mr Murphy also noted: “Mia’s death was entirely unexpected by her family, friends and teachers. She had felt low self-esteem at times but had not been diagnosed with any mental illness nor presented a risk of taking her own life.”

The report outlined particular areas of concern. These were:

  • Any ongoing gender-based bullying at JFS gives rise to a concern that circumstances creating a risk of other deaths will occur, or will continue to exist, in the future

  • The initiatives introduced by JFS to address gender-based bullying following Mia’s death do not appear to have gained the confidence of some JFS female students, which gives rise to a concern that circumstances creating a risk of other deaths will occur, or will continue to exist, in the future

Witness statements ‘not a reflection of the school today’

Dr David Moody, Headteacher of JFS, said: “We thank the coroner for his investigation. The witness statements to which the coroner refers were taken in late 2021 or early 2022, shortly after I joined JFS and they are not a reflection of the school today.

“As part of the school’s ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in April 2022, Ofsted reported that ‘pupils know to whom and where they can turn if they have any worries. Pupils felt confident to report any concerns because staff help them. Staff are vigilant to any incidents of bullying and act swiftly to resolve any bullying issues.’

“We have a team of eight full-time professionals working with any children who report problems with their mental health and it is some of the most comprehensive provision that I have seen in a state school. That said, we take the comments and observations of the coroner incredibly seriously and will be sharing with him all details of the support and systems that are now embedded.”

In its response to the report, the Surrey and Boarders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Trust has now adopted the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) which is part of the approach to patient safety that is described within the National Patient Safety Strategy. PSIRF will enhance our safety and learning culture by creating much stronger links between patient safety incidents and learning, working in collaboration with those affected by the incident.

“In turn, this fosters a culture of transparency and openness amongst staff in reporting incidents and engagementin implementing improvement to embed learning. The improved safety culture within the organisation is demonstrated in the results of our staff survey.

“Our overall staff engagement scores across the Mental Health and Learning Disability and Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community sector showed that we were within the top three Trusts within this sector. In particular, 92.3% of staff reported that our organisation encouraged them to report errors, near misses or incidents, and 82.4% of our staff feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice.

“This tells us that staff involved in an error, near miss or incident feel they are treated fairly and that there is confidence that our Trust will take action to ensure that these do not happen again.”

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help.

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

For information on your local NHS urgent mental health helpline, visit here

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