This is tragic. I am hearing that many folk have found this whole lockdown with their families very very difficult. Why should a lockdown prevent this mother getting help for her child? As it turns out the child had been discharged from health services without his mother being told. To make matters far worse for this little guy, his mother has cancer! Imagine what will be flying through his mind? The fear of losing his mother on top of all the health scare! EWR
“Since this broke out, my son has wicked nightmares to the point he’s vomiting and shaking uncontrollably. You’ve got to put him in shower to bring him out, he’s bed wetting and soiling himself…”
For some New Zealanders, lockdown has been a nightmare – such as the mother of a suicidal child who, when she called for help, was asked if she had completed a parenting course. Bonnie Sumner and Melanie Reid report.
In a middle-class Napier suburb on week two of the lockdown, a seven-year-old boy attempted suicide.
The following morning he tried to do it again. His mother says she called various social services for help. No one would.
Her son has ADHD and autism and is undergoing assessment for psychosis. He has been under the care of the Hawke’s Bay DHB’s Children and Adolescent Family Services (CAFS) since he was three years old – until his mother discovered two weeks ago he had been discharged from their services without her being told.