When your child struggles with mental illness, you have to wait weeks for mental health services in Pennsylvania. Here’s why.

Living with a child who suffers from mental illness can be like living in a minefield.

Each day brings with it the possibility of an explosion. Refusing to go to school. Uncontrollable crying and screaming. Violence toward family members. A threat or attempt of suicide. And what if you couldn't get medical treatment for your child for weeks?

Video: Reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County for PublicSource

Reporter Mary Niederberger speaks about how she was affected by her reporting on youth suicide in Allegheny County and what she hopes people will take away from this story. She also talks about the special considerations she and PublicSource Managing Editor Halle Stockton took when deciding how to present the story because of its sensitive subject matter.