Health is failing us
My heart aches for Amanda and Darran Hall who lost their son to suicide (“Don’t forget Daniel”, TST, Aug 5).
It is apparent nothing much has changed in the health system since six years ago when we tried to get help for our mentally ill son. He had a history of anxiety and depression, was assessed as a teenager by a psychiatrist and told there was nothing wrong with him. A few years later he had a full-blown psychotic episode and we took him to Armadale Hospital emergency department.
We were told he could not be admitted or medicated without blood and other tests and to go home and make an appointment. They thought he was at no risk of suicide. We waited three days with the psychosis worsening. They said they could not find a bed for him. In a paranoid state, he got in his car and drove at speed into an oncoming truck. He had severe injuries and we were told he may not survive. Thankfully he did, though with multiple, permanent injuries. He finally got a diagnosis of schizophrenia. While we are thankful for our son’s life, we feel the mental health system failed us and continues to fail those most in need of help. We felt our concerns were not taken seriously. How many tragedies will it take to change this broken system?
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