A determined mum has said she will not give up her fight to get her daughter help with her mental health. Mum-of-one Siobhan Osborne is fighting an uphill battle to ensure 12-year-old Elysse gets the help and care she needs. The Prestwick Academy youngster’s behaviour took a dramatic turn in November last year. She went missing six times in a two-week spell, threw a pair of scissors at a teacher and sometimes never ate for days at a time. Siobhan said her life has been turned upside down – but she needs answers and Elysse needs help. Siobhan, 31, said: “We call them episodes just now because we don’t know what to call them. “Up until November she was a completely compliant young girl. “She used to go to brownies, guides, taekwondo, a church group, the tennis club – but she’s lost all interest in every single activity. “At this point I’m just a desperate parent trying to find answers and stop anything going too far. “She … [Read more...] about Mum’s desperate plea for help with 12-year-old daughter’s mental health
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THERE are some things in life, you don’t ever want to witness - and seeing someone you love being detained for their own mental wellbeing is one of them. Here, writing exclusively for Fabulous Digital, Natasha Harding, 43, reveals the heartache she endured at seeing her older sister Amanda, 47, sectioned twice in four years. AS a child Amanda was always different from me and my younger brother Jason. She’d spend hours in her room reading or listening to music and didn’t want to join in with family life. She has struggled with mental health issues since her teenage years, but over the last decade things have escalated. Amanda moved out of our home in Kent aged 17 and went to live in London, where she could combine working with college. We met regularly and I loved heading into the capital to see her with my mum, before she died in 2004. Seeing Amanda was always challenging; you didn’t know what to expect. She could be moody and withdrawn or talk AT you. When our … [Read more...] about My bipolar sister was emaciated, rambling and had a wild look in her eyes so I had her sectioned twice – and the guilt made me weep
A mother who kidnapped her own daughter and went on the run for 20 years has broken her silence to reveal the 'truth'. Dorothy Lee Barnett sparked an international manhunt and had the FBI chasing her when she vanished with her 11-month-old daughter Savanna in 1994. Just weeks earlier she had been embroiled in a bitter court battle with Savanna's father, Harris Todd, who was awarded custody of the baby girl. But during one of her scheduled visitations, Barnett took Savanna and got into a rental car before dyeing and cutting her hair at a petrol station so she wouldn't be recognised. They then took a plane and travelled 4,000 miles from the US to Paris. The meticulous plan had been weeks in the making - with Barnett sourcing $10,000, fake birth certificates, a driving licence and passports, as well as recording a tape vilifying her now ex-husband. The former flight attendant from South Carolina accused Todd of spinning a web of lies in court to paint her as an unstable, violent mother … [Read more...] about How daughter discovered her mum’s dark 20-year secret in diary
It was once considered a taboo subject. But while many of us are now talking openly about mental health problems, treatment services are still struggling to keep up. Waiting months or even years to see a specialist, the frustration of negotiating the bewildering maze of mental health services and constantly being bounced around between different organisations. They're just some of the experiences people with mental health issues in Greater Manchester have been sharing with us. But in the meantime people are dying. So what's going on? "NHS mental health services have been underfunded for decades," Elizabeth Simpson, service director at mental health charity Manchester Mind told the M.E.N. "There is also a huge economic cost to poor mental health and in Greater Manchester this is expected to reach £3.5bn by 2021." It's thought one in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49 in our region and it's also … [Read more...] about People are struggling to get help with mental problems that claim lives. Why?
The mum of a tragic young woman who took her own life after 'losing faith' in mental services is calling for major changes to the system. Heather Carey, 31, died after a battle with severe Bipolar Disorder. At an inquest into her death a coroner highlighted failings in the community mental health she received her in the weeks leading up to her death. They included her being told there would be a 24-week waiting list for therapy. She also had a letter delivered to her saying the police would be called if she failed to make contact with mental health workers, a move which the coroner said was 'wholly inappropriate'. He said there 'was a failure to take adequate and appropriate action to avert the risk (of suicide)' by Pennine Care NHS trust who provided the community mental health services. The inquest was told Heather, law graduate from Mossley, was admitted to Tameside Hospital in July 2017 with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. She was discharged in November 2017 and despite her taking … [Read more...] about Suicide tragedy of law graduate threatened with POLICE by mental health workers