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 Sears who died after