Abbotsford Police have located a missing teen they were searching for.
Destiny Gettings was previously last seen by her mother, Jackie on Tuesday, and on mall surveillance cameras at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey on Wednesday.
Gettings says her daughter suffers from severe mental health and drug abuse issues.
She says she isn’t getting the desperate help she needs for her troubled daughter.
“She’s been in the Abbotsford hospital twice in the last three weeks for suicide attempts. Both times the Abbotsford hospital has discharged her against my recommendation.”
“It’s not their fault, deep inside she is screaming for help, and she is not getting it, and as a parent, that is the saddest thing you will ever go through, ever” adds Gettings.
She says Destiny needs to be committed under the Mental Health Act for treatment.
“The more people that we get interested in the gaps in the mental health, especially for children, the more stink we are going to make, and maybe somebody will finally listen.”
Stan Kuperis with Fraser Health says a doctor determined she didn’t meet the criteria.
Instead, she was offered voluntary treatment in the community.
But what are parents suppose to do if their kids don’t co-operate?
“That is part of the challenge for parents, and I certainly empathize with that, around the difficulties sometimes that parents have in getting their child to appointments.”
Kuperis adds there is child and youth crisis response services to help young people struggling with mental illness.
Police had no further comment at this time, except to say, finding her “is good news”.
Listen to CKNW reporter Shelby Thom’s full interview with Jackie Gettings here: