Last night the hashtag #helplily appeared on my feed. A 14 year old girl’s family tried to get her admitted to the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax for mental health related issues. According to a family friend she was refused entry.
Halifax police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages says she was “acting in a violent manner” and assaulted officers. Bourdages says the responding officers thought she might be a danger to herself so she was re-arrested under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act around 10 p.m. and taken back to the IWK for reassessment.
As of now the family friend says Lily and her mother are still at the IWK, waiting for that assessment.
— Matthew Spurway (@MatthewSpurway) June 8, 2015
Yes, the bigger issue remains. Unless you’ve been through something like this with a child it’s really hard to imagine what her family is going through. I do know taking her there would have been a very hard decision to make. At the point you do you’re literally drowning in grief and anguish.
I made a couple posts on Facebook last night. These are some of the replies:
They said call the crises help line.[/su_quote]
I’m having a hard time keeping up with the comments on the post. At the moment (17:09 08 June 2015 there are 512 of them. It’s an issue that strikes at the heart.
I have heard she is now in the IWK getting, hopefully, the help she needs.