A SHOCKED mother of a ‘loving and caring’ Halesowen woman who took her own life have accused Dudley’s mental health trust of failing her daughter.

Katarzyna Woloncewicz, also known as Kasia, was found dead from asphyxia on March 29 – just one month before her 21st birthday.

An inquest at Black Country Coroners Court heard the 20-year-old was known to mental health services after suffering from depression and anxiety.

In the month before her death, Kasia was referred by her GP to Dudley Talking Therapy Services (DTTS) – which is operated by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust.

But the trust claimed it had no record of being contacted by Kasia, despite her mother Jayne McCracken assuring the court that she was with her daughter when she left a voicemail message on DTTS’ answering machine.

Mrs McCracken said in court she believes her daughter would still be alive if she had received a phone call back from DTTS.

A spokesman for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust, which has launched an internal investigation following Kasia’s death, said: “We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family of Katarzyna (Kasia) Woloncewicz following this tragic incident.

“The trust takes all concerns and incidents seriously and we would like to offer assurance that we are currently in the process of completing a serious incident investigation.

“At this stage, whilst the investigation is being conducted, we are unable to comment any further on this individual case.”

Despite the launch of the investigation, Mrs McCracken is calling for the trust to “learn lessons” from her daughter’s death.

A family statement issued to the News said: “My beautiful daughter Kasia was 20-years-old, just a month before her 21st birthday when she tragically took her own life on March 29, 2018.

“It was a huge shock for her family and friends and she is and will always be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

“A loving and caring daughter and friend and someone who supported her friends when they struggled with problems, often linked to mental health issues.

“She was described as a firecracker due to her energy and her sense of humour and ability to make everyone smile.

“I am so proud that Kasia so positively touched the lives of so many people she came into contact with; people who have shared with us the endearing impression Kasia has left.

“We have been overwhelmed and greatly comforted by the love and support that we have received from her friends, family and staff at Uprawr Birmingham, who have helped us remember Kasia and raise funds to provide much needed provision for those experiencing mental health difficulties.

“Kasia was failed by Dudley and Walsall Mental Heath Partnership NHS Trust and as a family we can only hope that they learn lessons from Kasia’s death and implement changes to their inadequate processes and procedures to ensure no other family suffers the loss of a beloved child.”

Assistant coroner Emma Whitting adjourned the inquest until the completion of the trust’s investigation.