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Family’s experience renews call to action on child and youth mental health in BC


A BC family has issued a desperate call for more supports for their mentally ill child and their family, highlighting research and a recent call to action issued by BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, called Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story. The Potma family has cried foul about a lack of support services for their family, beyond an educational assistant at school and 30 minutes a week of counselling for their son. Their son lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorderTourette syndrome , generalized anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. The Potma’s are in dire need of support for their family, and programs and services to integrate their son into activities and society.

BC’s Representative for Children and Youth urges the new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to take the lead role in developing and implementing a comprehensive mental health system for children and youth in BC.

The Vancouver Sun article featuring the Potma family can be read here.

Read the Representative for Children and Youth’s Missing Pieces report here.