The mother of a woman who died a drug-related death in her room at Surbiton’s YMCA has described the centre as the “worst place they could have put her”.

Alexis Fallon, 50, originally from Dartford, was found dead in her room at the YMCA, in Victoria Road, Surbiton with “fatal levels of illicit drugs” in her system on May 11, 2014.

An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on  December 22 heard how Miss Fallon had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and depression, though her death was not found to be intentional.

Reading from the police report into her death, coroner Chinyere Inyama said: “Miss Fallon had claimed that she had been taking drugs. At some point Miss Fallon had taken a bottle of methadone.

“The paramedic concluded that she showed signs of cardiac arrest.”

A former supermarket worker, Miss Fallon moved to London to look after her mother in 2013. After her mental health deteriorated she was forced to move out of her flat and was rehomed at Surbiton’s YMCA.

In June the police revealed that they had been called to the community centre 300 times in less than two-and-a-half years for crimes including drug dealing.

Mother Margaret Winder said: “Her whole life practically came tumbling down, just as she got older it just got worse. She was a lovely nurtured girl, she would always help everybody.

“It was an accident waiting to happen, she didn’t want to be here. They had her in the YMCA which is the worst place they could have put her.”

Miss Fallon’s frequent mood swings led to a total of nine episodes of self-harm in the years before her death.

After an overdose in April 2014 she was taken to A&E at Kingston Hospital where she told staff she “regretted it straight away”.

She frequently saw a psychiatrist and two days before her death she was visited at the YMCA, having been prescribed home treatment, by Dr Rasvan Gutu.

He said: “She was very positive, we agreed that the risk was low enough to be treated by the community mental health team. She really wanted to engage in this programme.

“There was no sense of neglect, she looked very normal.”

Mr Inyama ruled a drug-related death at the YMCA.

Speaking after the inquest, Kingston Councillor Cathy Roberts, cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of Alexis Fallon. Prior to her sad death, we had received and accepted an application for housing from her in late 2013. 

“We carefully considered which type of temporary accommodation would best suit her needs. The Surbiton YMCA was chosen because of the in-house support provision it provided.”

The Mind charity promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Its helpline number is 03001 233 393.

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