The public mental health system in WA is broken.
We need to address the issue of mental health care, as more and more young people find themselves not knowing where to turn for help. The reality is that the system is underfunded and under resourced, and its urgency is undermined until it affects you personally. I was so shocked and disturbed to learn the treatment that is (not) received at some of these mental health facilities, and angry to learn that so many people agree with me in assuming all of this - yet nothing is being done.
I too had faith in the system - why shouldn't I have? - until I discovered first hand some of the harrowing truths about the state of mental health care in WA.
This short documentary made for my Masters at UoN takes a grim look at some of the truths about the mental health system through the eyes of Kathy, who has been impacted directly by current state of the mental health system. In 2006, Kathy lost her son Allan, who at age 20 committed suicide whilst under the observation of nursing staff at D20 ward. In 2010, an inquest was made into the circumstances of his death. The full inquest can be found here google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.safetyandquality.health.wa.gov.au%2Fdocs%2Fmortality_review%2Finquest_finding%2FHudson.pdf&rct=j&q=allan%20hudson%20d20&ei=yQe4TePHPIK8rAeD_9zbDQ&usg=AFQjCNHfy3CJcxw5zx_Msos5AUbS3gDpTg&sig2=mYw_dms1Pup_hBvISXgvjg&cad=rja
Special thanks to Kathy and the Hudson family for sharing their deeply personal story with me.
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