Last week another teenage girl commited suicide in our town, this is the second one in just a few months. I am sad and angry at the same time. Why isn't mental health the most important in the healthcare system!? We know that it doesn't just effect the mind but the body too, causing a range of different diseases.
She was just 17, living with caring foster parents who desperately sought professional help for her because they saw what state of mind she had been in. The system faild her and them too. They placed her into a different family, thinking it would solve the issue. Her appointment with the psychiatrist was cancelled, postponed several times. The school counsellor, the family, all begged the psychiatric ward not to send her home, she clearly needed inpatient care. Denied. Twice. And then the inevitable, found close to the hospital dead. Suicide.
Why? Why? Why!?!?!?