Mother’s day has become a day of anguish for our family since our son Nicky Stevens died while in the legal care of the Waikato DHB. This last week has been particularly difficult as we have had to witness the death of another young person in similar circumstances to our son. Our Mental Health system is failing too many of our young people. I have become increasingly distressed at the comments by our Minister of Health that our mental health system provides high-quality services. Our son would still be alive today if he had received a high quality of care by Waikato DHB. Here is a brief visual diary of my son’s journey through our “high-quality” mental health system.
Jane Stevens, Nicky’s mum.