A mental health failure
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