The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth has released its latest report, The Slow Disappearance of Matthew: A Family’s Fight for Youth Mental Health Care in the Wake of Bullying and Mental Illness. There are eight clear recommendations to government within the report that aim to increase access to vital services and prevent youth suicides. Matthew’s story is one of a family desperate to save their son. Matthew’s six-year struggle with depression, anxiety, substance use and persistent thoughts of suicide consumed the family. Still, Matthew’s family had no success in getting him long-term help.

The Slow Disappearance of Matthew Report