Katie Price has opened up on her fears that son Harvey may one day be sectioned, saying “he wouldn’t cope”.
BBC documentary Katie Price: Harvey And Me sees the former glamour model share her struggle to find the right residential college for her eldest son, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, autism and partial blindness.
She has already opened up on her decision to find full-time care for Harvey when he reaches 18, and has been looking for a suitable place for him to move to as an adult.
Price, 42, is seen being given the sobering information that if Harvey ended up at a college that was a bad fit, the local authority could place him in a mental health unit or an Assessment and Treatment Unit if it was felt he was a danger to himself or others.
She says: “Hearing some stories about how some people have been sectioned is awful.
“I can see they’ve got similarities to what Harv’s like. And they were scared.”
Price continues: “Imagine Harvey being sectioned. Put in a room. He wouldn’t cope. That would finish anyone off, surely.”
The mum-of-five is also shown meeting a family whose son was sectioned at 15 in similar circumstances and who faced a struggle to get him released.
Price says: “It was shocking to know that that human being sitting next to me has experience that, something that I could maybe experience with Harvey, just because of the way the system works.”
Harvey Price has faced many challenges growing up.
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However, there is some good news for Price as by the end of the documentary, she is shown finding a suitable residential college for Harvey to attend from 18, called National Star.
The college could require £350,000 of funding from Price’s local authority and she is due to find out in March whether her application is successful.
Katie Price: Harvey And Me airs on BBC One on Monday January 25 at 8.30pm.
Watch: Katie Price shares Harvey update on Radio 4