Mom recalls 8-year-old son's suicide; says Yakima needs resources
YAKIMA, Wash. -- "I got down on my knees and I started CPR on my 8-year-old son," said Shanna Osman.
Osman recalls that day in June, when she says her life was turned upside down.
Her son Collin, whom she and her husband adopted, was in the third grade. but by the age of four, she says he was diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, and was prediagnosed with bipolar disorder.
She says because of this, he took his own life.
"Right before it happened, his daddy had checked on him, and he had his book, and he had it close to his body, and he said, ‘I just wanted to read my book,’ and his daddy said, 'Ok, you can read your book. It's not a problem that you read your book,'" said Osman.
Moments later, everything changed.
"And that’s when we think he had the dog leash stuffed in between the book and his chest, cause five minutes later, my husband walked in, and he was hanging from his bed," she said.
Shanna says if there were an inpatient facility for children like her son, it could have saved his life.
Paul Nagle McNaughton is a Senior Director at Comprehensive Healthcare. He says he agrees resources here in Yakima are limited for young children, but there is a place for kids struggling with mental health issues.
"We do have Two Rivers Landing, which is our youth evaluation treatment facility, which is for kids as young as 10, up to 17, who are experiencing potential harm to themselves, and so putting them in a safe place for a very short period of time; sort of stabilize them and return them back to the family and community, as soon as possible," he said.
Nagle-McNaughton says they take children even younger in certain instances, but it’s rare.
Shanna says its still not enough. She has a message for families going through the same traumatic experience she has with her family.
"Keep trying to get the state to step-up and do what's necessary for our children. I feel for them , I really do, because our story ended in tragedy, but their story doesn’t have to. Their story doesn’t have to end with them losing a child," said Shanna.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you can call Comprehensive Healthcare's 24-hour crisis hotline at (509) 575-4200 or (800) 572-8122.