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Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized

png-1019n-jpotma-181“Would we not avoid self medicating and future issues of homelessness and joblessness, plus families being broken and children thrown into foster care, if we took child and teen mental illness more seriously?”

A Mission family with a mentally ill nine-year-old boy is desperately worried about his future, saying there aren’t enough medical or community services to ensure he has a safe, healthy and fulfilling life. [Sue Potma’s son] Josh suffers from several disorders that relentlessly affect his behaviour, leading to suspensions from school, physical confrontations with other children, and his removal from sports teams and summer camps.  Read the rest of this article at The Vancouver Sun…

Image: Josh Potma, nine, with his parents Sue and Kevin Potma, at their Mission, B.C. home. Jason Payne / PNG

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