After the separation, Ebony was living alone with her newborn whilst experiencing severe post-natal depression. Adding to her stress, Ebony’s ex-husband’s family began harassing her, attending the home at all hours of the day and night as well as sending the police to her home.
The harassment exacerbated Ebony’s fragile mental health until she could no longer sleep and developed psychosis, believing people were knocking on the door constantly. Ebony was admitted as an involuntary patient to a mental health hospital after a food delivery service called police with concerns about Ebony’s presentation and the welfare of her son.
As Ebony did not have any immediate family support, her son was taken into the provisional care of the Department of Communities (the Department). Shortly after her admission, Ebony was referred by the Department to Ruah Legal Service’s Care and Protection (CAP) team.