Brandon had been a bubbly child but his mother says she struggled to get support when his mental health declined

• Hundreds of mental health patients dying after NHS care failures
• ‘She was screaming out for help’

I first took my son Brandon to the GP about his mental health when he was 14. I remember sitting in the waiting room and panicking. He was sobbing and couldn’t control his emotions. I had never seen him like that.

Brandon had been a bright, bubbly, funny child and up until April 2015 he had been doing well at school with a very good attendance record. He made friends and had a girlfriend.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".