A YOUNG Stevenston mother feels abandoned by mental health services after she says she was offered no help following multiple suicide attempts.

Shaunilee Mcblain, 24, told the Herald she fears she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since losing her partner in a motorbike accident six months after giving birth to her stillborn child.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Shaunilee Mcblain with her late partner Ross Quinn and their daughter Amber.Shaunilee Mcblain with her late partner Ross Quinn and their daughter Amber.

She said: “They have let me down for the past four years. All that I have wanted is help and they said because I haven’t got a diagnosis they won’t help me when I am clearly depressed and suicidal.”

Shaunilee’s fiancée Ross Quinn died following a road crash on the A737 in Beith four years ago.

The young motorcyclist was riding his Aprilia bike southbound on the A737 near its junction with the B777 at Gateside Road on August 10, 2016, when his motorcycle collided with a van and a car.

The 23-year-old, from Kilwinning, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Ross Quinn died in a motorcycle accident in 2016.Ross Quinn died in a motorcycle accident in 2016.

Shaunilee said: “He was my first love, I was with him since I was 16. We went through everything together.

“We had our daughter Amber together, and our baby that died.”

Shaunilee said that thinking about the anniversary of Ross’s death next month has made her anxiety and depression worse.

She said all she wants is someone to speak to about the loss she has suffered.

She described the coronavirus lockdown as a ‘nightmare’ because of how it has exacerbated her condition.

She said: “I’m trying my best to speak out. I’ve got no hope. But they can’t give the lockdown as an excuse, they haven’t been helping me for four years.”

Shaunilee said she has tried to end her own life or harm herself 15 times over the last four years.

She said: “People are not listening to me. Everytime I’ve been to get help, it’s as if they are pushing me aside.”

Shaunilee, who has two children both in the care of relatives, said she is lucky to have her current partner who has supported her with her mental health challenges.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Shaunilee Mcblain with her children and current partner.Shaunilee Mcblain with her children and current partner.

Stephen Brown, director of Health and Social Care in North Ayrshire said: “NHS Ayrshire and Arran has a duty to uphold patient confidentiality and therefore we are unable to go into detail about the treatment of individual patients.

“We would urge any person who wishes to make a complaint about accessing mental health services to contact us directly to discuss any concerns about their treatment.”

A spokesperson for Samaritans said: “Before coronavirus, many people living with mental health problems were struggling to access the basic support needed to stay well.

“The pandemic has created a new crisis for the nation’s mental health.”