Suicidal young man turned away by hospital takes his own life


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EMMA McCLUNEY

Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Photo: Facebook

The mother of a 21-year-old man who took his own life said he was turned away by Redland Hospital because he was “attention-seeking”.

Christopher Ball’s heartbroken mother Kerrie Keepa had rushed her son to the emergency department after an attempted suicide.

She cannot understand the hospital’s lack of concern and said her son’s death could have been prevented.

“I took him to where I thought I could get help and was turned away,” she said.

“He’s gone forever – they can’t fix that. [Christopher] was really badly depressed, so much so that his friend and I were a tag-team 24-hours a day. He wasn’t ever left alone.”

After being prescribed various anti-depressants by the local GP, Christopher lost his battle with depression on September 14.

Ms Keepa blames the Redland Hospital for his death.

“There is…

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