After witnessing a staggering rise in young patients with mental health issues after the city went back into lockdown, a Melbourne doctor is pleading with Daniel Andrews to let children regain their normal lives.
Dr. Stacey Harris wrote an open letter to the Victorian premier requesting that the restrictions on coronavirus be relaxed, saying she fears that the stringent regulations could push children to suicide.
“We’re seeing these kids who have no hope, they’re depressed, some are self-harming and suicidal,” Dr Harris told Sunrise.
“In the 15 years I’ve been a GP, I’ve never, ever, dealt with the amount that we’re dealing with now, so it’s quite astonishing and sad.”
Dr Harris claims that after they found themselves in a “dark hole” while stuck at home and banned from socialising with friends, she administered anti-depressants to patients as young as 12.
“Life for them is online learning at home and a walk for an hour a day,” she said.
“It’s hard on us adults, so these kids are really struggling.”
“Open the schools up, let these kids be kids and teenagers… please just let us be normal,” she demanded.