B.C. youth in need of services
A 17-year-old boy who jumped to his death from a construction crane at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver didn’t get the mental health treatment he needed from the time he was two years old, says British Columbia’s representative for children and youth.
Bernard Richard’s report released Wednesday investigates the death of a teen identified by the pseudonym Joshua who died in July 2015 after jumping from the crane on the grounds of the hospital.
The review of his death found significant gaps in the health system, which Richard says need to be corrected.
The report says Joshua, whose mother was his primary caregiver after his parents separated and later divorced, began showing signs of mental illness when he was two years old but he and his family didn’t receive adequate early and long-term help as his illness escalated into his teens.
“Joshua exhibited signs of serious mental health issues at an extremely young age,” the report says. “His mother sought help from the Ministry of Children and Family Development because her son was hitting himself and banging his head on walls. “
Previous suicide attempts led the teenager to be hospitalized, but he was kept in an adult psychiatric ward because facilities more appropriate for youth were lacking, it says.