Youth Mental Health Needs to Change

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YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA NEEDS TO CHANGE.

My name is Alex Meikle. I'm broken. And I need help. So do thousands of other youth. 

Here's a timeline of what's happened in the last four years.

 

October, 2017-

I fell 30 meters down a ravine. I hit my head and that started everything.

 

March, 2018-

I go missing for the very first time. My mother leaves to pick up my sister from school and I disappeared for five hours. I was found twelve-point-six kilometers away from my house.

The problem is..I have no recollection of any of it.

 

May 1st, 2018- 

I go missing again for the second time. I am missing for seven hours, and I need a police canine and phone pinging to track me down. I am found twenty-point-six kilometers away from my house.

 

May 1st, 2018-

I'm admitted into Victoria General Hospital. 

 

May 8th, 2018- 

I'm discharged without any answers. 

 

May 8th, 2018-

I black out a third time, and I attempt to run away. I'm tackled by my father and sent to Victoria General Hospital again.

 

May 14th, 2018-

I am admitted to Ledger House, Special Care Unit. 

 

I AWOL 7 times within this period.

 

June 22nd, 2018-

I am discharged from Ledger House with no awnsers.

I AWOL 4 times within this period

 

June 25th, 2018-

I'm admitted into Victoria General Hospital, and then Ledger House again.

 

August 22nd, 2018-

I'm discharged from Ledger House.

 

August 25th, 2018- 

I am gone without a trace.

 

August 28th, 2018-

I am found in Calgary, Alberta. Reminder, I live in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Between September of 2018 and September of 2019, I've been in and out of hospital because of my depression. I've attempted suicide three times.

My depression is so overwhelming. I can barely function each day.

 

This third time was different. I stood on the ledge of a highway overpass and was about to jump when I was grabbed.

Victoria General Hospital REFUSED to help me. I was in and out in two hours.

This needs to change. Please help me in finding a solution. Write to your MLAs. #BeTheChange