A men­tal health fail­ure

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

I write with great dis­tress, frus­tra­tion and anger after read­ing Martin McKen­zie-Mur­ray’s story of Hamed Shamshiripour’s declining men­tal health and even­tual death on Manus Is­land. This is not the first ar­ti­cle that has elicited such a re­sponse in me – for so many rea­sons – and sadly won’t be the last. What makes this story all the more galling is that this man was clearly ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health cri­sis. The Australian men­tal health sys­tem is by no means per­fect, but could and should have en­sured he re­ceived ap­pro­pri­ate care and treat­ment, in­stead of beat­ings, fur­ther in­car­cer­a­tion and death.

– An­drew Bock, Euroa, Vic

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