News: May 2015

  • Govt to Issue 'Social Bonds' for Mental Health services
    Private investors are about be given the opportunity to invest in and make money from the provision of social services. ONE News understands that this week the Government will announce plans to issue New Zealand's first ever social bond for the provision of some mental health services.
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    Posted: Sunday 31 May 2015
  • Do You Recognise This Tattoo?
    The Hamilton police officer calling for the info in this 9-month-old case - Det Sgt. Will Loughrin - was the same one that eventually organised the search for Nicky Stevens - but had failed to read the reference on the file to Nicky's suicide risk (known from conversation with Nicky's dad), and also was the one that told the family that Nicky's 'missing persons' report was not a priority that necessitated immediate action. In this case the victim was 'homeless' so perhaps also didn't rate priori
    Posted: Saturday 30 May 2015
    People & groups in positions of power who have refused to investigate issues re Nicky Stevens' death and/or refused to supply full information they hold about this - Wendy Ball (District Inspector of Mental Health, Lawyer & Law Professor at Waikato Uni; NZ Law Society; John Crawshaw (Director of Mental Health at Ministry of Health).
    Posted: Friday 29 May 2015
  • And yet ANOTHER missing person from the Henry Bennett Centre!
    The family of Nicky Stevens hope very much that Henry Bennett Centre patient Finesse Kairau is safe and well and remains so, wherever she is.
    We applaud the prompt Police search for Finesse, which we understand began early yesterday evening, shortly after she disappeared, and included searches of the Hospital grounds, river and lake environs, including the use of a boat.
    Posted: Wednesday 27 May 2015
  • 'Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Talks Lawsuit Against Mental Facility Over Son's Death
    Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife Mia tragically lost their son Julian last November, and are now claiming in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that the mental health facility he was staying in at the time of his death was "widespread and pervasive" in their negligence. Julian, an artist, had been suffering from schizophrenia for years. His death was reported as a suicide.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 May 2015
  • New Zealanders accepting of race, religion but not mental illness
    New Zealanders are accepting of diversity, sexuality and religion but not of mental illness.
    The 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey, which surveyed 9000 people, showed just around three quarters of New Zealanders would be accepting of a neighbour with different sexual orientations, in minority groups and with different religious views but substantially fewer would be accepting of a neighbour with mental illness.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 May 2015
  • DHB Failed Suicidal Mental Health Patient
    Another botched mental health care example - from the Hutt Valley. We totally agree with Corinda's assessment that the psychiatrist should not be working if this was his response. Very similar to the actions & file notes of Nicky's useless (and dangerous) Henry Bennett Centre psychiatrist [name removed until Coroners' Hearing], who also remains working. Thank goodness the family fought for their child!
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • Search for missing man not given priority, says Nicky Stevens' family
    The family of Hamilton man Nicky Stevens believe their son may have been found alive had police acted sooner. His body was found in the Waikato River on March 12, 2015, 3 days after he was reported missing from the mental health facility where he was under a compulsory care order. Stevens' father, Dave Macpherson, said a witness statement placed Stevens in the city centre on March 10, the day after he disappeared from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre. His body was discovered on 12 March.
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • Dave Macpherson – Death of Nicky Stevens – police inaction slammed
    When my son failed to return on 9th March from an ‘unescorted’ cigarette break from a ‘secure’ unit at Waikato Hospital’s Henry Bennett Centre the family was sick with worry, knowing his two recent attempts at suicide, and his recurrent talk of suicide made him an exceptionally high suicide risk while he was on his own.
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • 'SUNDAY' TV Programme - June 24th
    Imagine this. Your son has a mental illness, he's vulnerable, you are worried about his safety. He goes into a psychiatric hospital for treatment then he's allowed out unsupervised despite your pleas to keep him safe. This is the nightmare a Waikato family has faced... one with terrible consequences.
    Posted: Sunday 24 May 2015
  • Sweet home ... not the slammer: Taking a new approach to mental health
    Not a bad option for some - and it's right next door in Tauranga, and doesn't rely on a discredited psychiatric and/or drug-related response to mental illness!
    Unfortunately never an approach made available to Nicky, despite his family raising the need for a wholistic approach to his treatment with his community 'providers'...
    Posted: Sunday 17 May 2015
  • 'Better care could have saved life'
    A young Perth woman could have been less likely to take her own life if she had been better treated by WA mental health services, the State's former chief psychiatrist said at her inquest yesterday.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 May 2015
  • Govt hands over responsibility for Mental Health Care to DHBs/Suicide prevention app 'will save lives'
    BURIED IN THIS ARTICLE: The Govt is handing over its responsibility for suicide prevention to individual DHBs next month... Not that either of them have been doing a great job recently - but from next month onwards, the Govt Dept responsible (Ministry of Health) will be even less responsible for suicides - even though they are running at twice the rate of traffic accident deaths.
    Posted: Monday 11 May 2015
  • Invercargill parents back call for ministerial inquiry
    The Invercargill parents of a mentally unwell woman are supporting a call for a ministerial inquiry into New Zealand's mental health services. Waikato man Dave Macpherson and his family have contacted health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman asking for the inquiry after their son Nicky Stevens, 21, committed suicide two months ago while under the care of the Waikato District Health Board.
    Posted: Thursday 7 May 2015
  • Inquest change risks coverup - lawyer
    There are concerns changes to the Coroners Act could lead to the cause of deaths in custody or state care being covered up. A bill before Parliament proposes changing the Act to remove the requirement for an inquest to be held every time a death happens in custody or state care.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 May 2015
  • My son’s suicide could have been avoided - educate emergency staff on suicidal patients
    My precious son committed suicide after being turned away from hospital, his danger of self-harming tragically underestimated. I had found Chris with multiple self harm injuries from a razor blade before rushing him to hospital - but despite being clearly suicidal they turned my boy away. 11 days later he died.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 May 2015
  • Lifeline loses bid for new national call line
    Suicide prevention helpline Lifeline has told staff they may face redundancy by October after it was unsuccessful in its bid for a new government contract.
    Lifeline is the organisation which pushed Blues coach and All Black great Sir John Kirwan's campaign to raise awareness of depression.
    Posted: Monday 4 May 2015
  • Plea to govt over mental health death
    The father of a young man who died under mental health care has issued a heartfelt plea to the Government. Dave Macpherson has asked for a meeting with Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne to discuss a ministerial inquiry into the mental health system.
    Posted: Monday 4 May 2015
  • Mentally ill woman's parents: Help our daughter
    The parents of a mentally ill woman are upset she was allowed to go outside and put herself in danger, given her long history of self harm and suicide attempts.
    Posted: Monday 4 May 2015
  • Family of Nicky Stevens writes to minister of health
    The family of Hamilton man Nicky Stevens has requested a face-to-face meeting with Peter Dunne, the government minister responsible for mental health. Father and Hamilton City Councillor, Dave Macpherson, signed the letter, but it is addressed from Steven's mother and brother too.
    Posted: Sunday 3 May 2015

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