Photographer jumped to his death in Kilburn ‘after he was denied mental health treatment’

PUBLISHED: 10:22 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:48 20 October 2015

Tobias Terpilowski-Gill (Pic credit: Facebook)

Tobias Terpilowski-Gill (Pic credit: Facebook)


A suicidal photographer jumped to his death from a balcony at his mother’s home in Kilburn after he was denied urgent mental health treatment, an inquest heard.

Tobias Terpilowski-Gill, 26, was under the influence of cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs when he unexpectedly fell from the block of flats in Priory Park Road.

He died two days later on December 23.

Coroner Dr Andrew Walker told North London Coroners Court police were called to the flat by Mr Terpilowski-Gill’s girlfriend Jessica Knight who said he was having a manic episode.

The court heard he had admitted to his family that he was in a ‘state of crisis’ and feeling suicidal but was judged to be too fragile for psychotherapy treatment.

Psychotherapist Beate Schumacher recommended he return to the Brent Assessment and Brief Treatment Team (ABTT), which acts as a ‘pathway’ into north London’s mental health services.

But Sam Jacobs, representing Mr Terpilowski-Gill’s family, said he was denied urgent treatment after being told he must return to his GP before he could be re-referred to the ABTT.

Colin Mowatt-Gosnell, a senior practitioner with ABTT, said Mr Terpilowski-Gill would have been told he could seek treatment from accident and emergency if he was in crisis.

He said: “If someone was in crisis who was the subject of an urgent referral, he ought to have been assessed within 24 hours of this referral being made.”

The court heard that the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust will be introducing a single point of access for mental health patients following the incident.

Alongside the single point of access the trust will also be introducing a rapid response team for crisis patients.

The Times has contacted the trust for a full statement.

An investigation was launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following his death.

Verdict: Narrative.

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