Parents say daughter died after mental-health system failed her – CBC

Michael and Irina Andriychuk say daughter struggled to access care

Mar 07, 2023

The parents of a woman who lived in Dartmouth, N.S., say their daughter died after being turned away from a mental-health clinic, and they want to know why it was so hard for her to get help.

Yuliya Andriychuk, 32, froze to death outdoors in a neighbourhood near the Woodlawn Library in November, after her appointment at the clinic was cancelled, her parents say.

“The death of our daughter is because of the mental health system,” Yuliya’s father, Michael Andriychuk, told CBC News.

Michael and his wife, Irina, say their daughter had struggled to reliably access mental health care in recent years, and they blame a shortage of staff.

She received proper treatment at times, they say, but she was neglected in the weeks leading up to her death.

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