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BC's mental health services failed First Nation youth who committed suicide: report

 


A 16-year-old Indigenous youth who committed suicide in a forest was failed by British Columbia’s mental health services, says a new report by the province’s children and youth representative.

The boy, who was identified as “Chester” in the report to protect the privacy of his family and community, exhibited signs of serious mental health issues before his 2013 death but received little in any help from the organizations created to provide the help he needed, said the report.

The report titled, A Tragedy in Waiting, said little has improved with the province’s mental health services since the tragedy which the report said was the result of non-existent proper assessments for the boy.

http://aptn.ca/news/2016/09/08/bcs-mental-health-services-failed-first-nation-youth-who-committed-suicide-report/

 

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