GP tells inquest of mental health system shortcomings

A Victorian GP who treated a troubled 16-year-old boy for overdosing on pills before the teen took his own life says if a similar patient came to him now, he wouldn't know where to send him.

Youth mental health services are "patchy" in the regional town of Ballarat and a lack of mental health nurses means people needing a mental health care plan "slip through the cracks", Dr Wayne McDonald told the Victorian Coroners Court on Tuesday.

An inquest is being held into the death of Kyle Ray Charles