Youth mental health crisis: Perth boy's behaviour prompts mum to speak out

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Youth mental health crisis: Boy's behaviour prompts mum to speak out

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Matt has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, two types of ADHD, anxiety and depression.He has delayed speech, literacy impairment and motor skills impairment.Matt has tried to kill himself and has physically abused Adam. On one occasion he threw his brother across the room. Another time he slapped him so hard it left a huge red handprint on his younger sibling’s back.

Most recently the young boy ended up in the psychiatric ward at PCH after trying to kill himself outside Rockingham Hospital. “The police said their hands were tied because he was eight, but had he been 10 he would have been arrested for assault for the way he was attacking and spitting at them,” she said.

“It was hard and sad having to leave my child at the psych ward every day, I’ve never left him with anyone else other than my mum." “Counselling at Anglicare in Rockingham has seemed to be one of the only things we’ve tried that has helped, but those appointments are once a fortnight.

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