8-year-old boy commits suicide, mother speaks out
YAKIMA, Wash.- "Collin was epic, that's the best word to describe him. Collin loved to climb trees, he loved to go on roller coasters. He loved to roller blade, he loved to swim. He didn't have one specific thing, he was always all over the place, always," said mother Shanna Osman.
A little boy had his world cut off too soon. He was eight years old and took his own life, and his brave mother Shanna Osman is speaking out.
"It's really hard. It's really hard to have him gone," said Osman.
The Osman's adopted Collin when he was two, and from the very beginning, they knew he needed lots of love and care.
Shanna says Collin had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He was also Diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, and prediagnosed with bipolar disorder.
"When he was one years old and started showing signs, I went for help. But they all said that he was too young, that he couldn't be diagnosed with anything at one years old even though he was showing signs," said Osman.
Shanna says one local clinic she went to said she had to wait another year before they could diagnose him. At two, another clinic took him in but soon his sadness, anger, and aggression got much worse.
Collin got a counselor, a psychiatrist and was taking medication by four-years-old. For a while Shanna says they all thought he was getting better, but the signs started coming back in full force.
Shanna says when it came to getting extra help, they hit a dead end.
"It's all because he was eight, it's all because of his age. They seem to think that children at that age, they don't know what it is to be depressed. They don't know what it is to have anxiety. They don't know what it is or what it means to kill themselves, that's not true," said Osman.
After jumping though many hoops and hurdles for many years, the Osman's were in the final stages of getting Collin into a state program that's designed to help children with behavioral health issues, but the process didn't come quick enough for her son.
Now she wants to spread the message that there needs to be a faster, more efficient way to give children the help that they need, before another life is taken.
"I'm not going to quit. These children need more help. So families and parents don't go through this," said Osman.