Stunning exam results for Camden student who attempted suicide

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 August 2015

Kate Overall

Kate Overall


A Camden student who was sectioned while studying for her A-levels after attempting suicide has achieved two A*s and two As having returned to school following a year in hospital.

Kate Overall was detained under the Mental Health Act, aged 17, during her first year at Camden School for Girls sixth form in 2012 and spent the following 12 months in three different psychiatric units undergoing treatment for anorexia and severe depression.

She was discharged a few weeks after her 18th birthday and defied all expectations by returning to the sixth form, in Sandall Road, Camden Town, and restarting her A-level studies.

Last Thursday, the 20-year-old, of Angel, Islington, discovered she had won a place to study geography at Edinburgh University having obtained an A* in A-level geography, As in maths and economics and an A* in an Extended Project Qualification exploring the “nature/nurture of psychopathy”.

She told the Ham&High: “I can’t believe it. It’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But I’m so glad I did it. It’s so worth it.

“It’s forced me to focus on the future and make plans. It made me realise I could do things. My mum didn’t think I’d last six months at school.

“I’d say I’m quite lucky. I must be quite clever because it was worrying how little I was coming into school. I had to self-teach myself a lot of material because I wasn’t well enough to come into the lessons.

“I started revision the night before my exams. I’ve learnt I’m good at cramming!”

Kate has suffered from serious depression since the age of 11 and has attempted to take her own life on a number of occasions.

She was sectioned in 2012 after one such attempt and spent the subsequent 12 months in The Priory Hospital, Southgate, Simmons House Adolescent Unit, in Muswell Hill, and the Huntercombe Hospital, in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

“It was horrible,” said Kate. “I felt trapped and had no freedom. I was being restrained all the time. I was not normal and doing what all my friends were doing. I never thought I’d get back to school.”

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