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I am battling a demon with my son, he is 6 and on waiting list currently to see a psychologist. He tells me he wants to die constantly. He just put a bag over his head and said he doesn’t want to breath anymore. He doesn’t care he is ready to die, he has stopped eating properly, refusing most meals. He is only 6 …. I feel so lost :(

So my question, how do I deal with him waiting for the mental health system to catch up. I’m a mum of 4 and I’m so mentally drained and I’m.terrified he will accidentally kill himself while doing this silly behaviours.

Posted anonymously, 25th March 2020

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  • Aw that’s heartbreaking ! I hope & pray you’ve been able to get help sorted ! I don’t know where you’re located but here in Qld there is actually government funded mental help possible via CYMHS.But first step is always to go to the Gp and get a referral and when it doesn’t go quick enough go back to the Gp and try to push it up.
    You could always also call 000 or crisis services and be sure to let them know that your child is having a mental health emergency as that may trigger them to send someone who is trained in supporting children and youth experiencing a mental health crisis. You may also want to ask if they have a children’s crisis team as they will be trained to intervene in similar situations.

  • this is a mental health problem. Either he has a condition or he has suffered a stressful situation like sexual abuse or bullying. In any way case if you say he actually attempted to kill himself (bag over head) he will go right to the top of the mental health list. Do it now. Do not hold back.

  • 6 years old is so very young, I’d take him up to the hospital so they can assess him and give you some tools and strategies to help.

  • I hope that this has resolved itself by now? Definitely straight to hospital if it continues. It is very very young – I wonder if he has heard others at school?

  • Have you tried asking for help at your local school? They often have counsellors on hand for the kids. They might be able to help while you’re waiting for the psyche appointment

  • Hi, I hope things have improved for you and that you’ve been able to get some additional external support.

  • I’m soo sorry to hear. I cant even imagine. Maybe sit down with him and spend just a day or few hours with just you two and maybe he can build up the trust to open up

  • I can hear your desperation for help with what your son is feeling.
    Emergency departments of big hospitals have mental health staff to deal with cases where you need more immediate or crisis help. The first step to getting linked in with the right services.
    Alternately, ask the psychologist to let you know about any cancellations for an earlier appointment. Let them know the urgency.
    He might be open to talking with someone at Kids Help line 1800 55 1800
    Take care

  • don’t be so late consult dr.

  • I’d take him to the hospital. They can admit him for mental health issues given the seriousness of his threats.

  • I really feel for your son and yourself it must feel like your in a nightmare. My advise would be to talk to him as much as possible about why he feels this way and find ways to cope with it. Do activities with him that he likes so he can be distracted. I understand you have other kids, but he really needs you. Good luck.

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