Families Matter 428034 https://www.familiesmatter.nz en-nz Families Matter 30 Mother's Day message from Nicky's mother, Jane Stevens https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/735010 It is the third Mother's Day since Jane's son Nicky died, while supposedly receiving 'high quality' care from the Waikato DHB's Henry Bennett Centre. The care was terrible, resulting in Nicky's death, and Jane dissects the sham story put out by the DHB. 020, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/735010 Nicky's family's response to there DHB Report https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/719437 007, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/719437 'Serious Incident Report' by DHB into Nicky Stevens' Death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/719436 A completely inadequate, self-serving report by DHB officials, designed to help the DHB avoid having to take any significant responsibility for Nicky's death. 007, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/719436 Refusal of Waikato DHB to give info about "Dr" Paul Fox - de-registered USA psychiatrist who 'treated' Nicky Stevens (unless family pays $1000) see link https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/632655 Imagine a little short man with glasses, a pronounced limp, and wearing sandals no matter the weather..... that's the de-registered USA psychiatrist 'Dr' Paul Fox, who was Nicky Stevens' primary 'doctor' in his previous visit to the Henry Bennett Centre, who started the drug regime he remained on. Oh, and he was also de-registered in NZ soon after it was discovered he had been the 'psychiatrist' who treated Adam Lanza - the mass murderer of 26 kids and teacher at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut 035, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/632655 Biased Govt 'Inspection' into Waikato DHB shown up by leaked Terms of Reference https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/630296 Read here the leaked Terms of Reference into the Waikato DHB's mental health services - the one the Minister of Health ordered when the DHB employed the fraudulent psychiatrist; and below the letter from Nicky Steven's family to Minister Coleman raising their concerns about the biased nature of the 'Inspection'. 033, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/630296 Ministry of Health 'Inspection' of Waikato DHB's mental health services gets off to Bizarre start https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/629314 A report from Nicky's mother Jane, and colleague Anne Ramsay about being barred from the MoH's public meeting they tried to attend at Hamilton's Pathways mental health service; and the conclusions they drew from their experience. Photo: Chloe Fergusson-Tibble (Tairawhit DHB - and soon to be Waitemata DHB - staff member appointed by Director of Mental Health to run this sham 'inspection'. 032, 6 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/629314 Email exchange between Police & Dave Macpherson over fraudster psychiatrist's name suppression https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627535 The Police told Nicky's family to pull down a post exposing the stolen identity used by the fraudulent psychiatrist employed by Waikato DHB - this is an email exchange later in the day (29 July 2015) between Nicky's father & the police officer. 031, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627535 Letter from Nicky's family to Dr John Crawshaw re Govt-ordered 'Inspection' of Waikato DHB Mental Health Services https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627344 This letter outlines 4 dodgy psychiatrists recently employed by the DHB, another Service staff member with a horrific background, plus several security and management failings, and asks Crawshaw to investigate them. 031, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627344 COMMUNITY ACTION FORUM - On Suicide & Mental Illness (Tues. 22 Sept, Hamilton) https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627171 Many people making comments on these pages and otherwise speaking to us have suggested it would be a good idea to bring affected families & friends together for mutual support, and to strengthen our collective voice. We agree, but its a lot of work, and we are lucky that a number of friends and supporters have offered to help. We also want to do something in our son and brother's memory that might help others in a similar situation. 030, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627171 FRAUDULENT 'PSYCHIATRIST' FOUND WORKING FOR WAIKATO DHB https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627169 In the latest news from the chaotic Mental Health & Addiction Services at Waikato DHB, a person has been accused in the Hamilton District Court (25 July) of stealing a psychiatrist's identity and working as a psychiatrist for the DHB between January and July 2015. Coming on top of admissions that some of Nicky Stevens' records have mysteriously disappeared, the sacking and removal of managers in charge of this part of the DHB, and hopelessly ineffective security leading to escapes & a death... 030, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627169 COMMUNITY ACTION FORUM - On Suicide & Mental Illness (Tues. 22 Sept, Hamilton) https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627172 Many people making comments on these pages and otherwise speaking to us have suggested it would be a good idea to bring affected families & friends together for mutual support, and to strengthen our collective voice. We agree, but its a lot of work, and we are lucky that a number of friends and supporters have offered to help. We also want to do something in our son and brother's memory that might help others in a similar situation. 030, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627172 Emergency Department Staff Attitudes About Limiting Access to Lethal Means https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627175 Marian Betz, M.D., M.P.H., from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, is working to identify the attitudes and behaviors of emergency department (ED) doctors and nurses towards asking about access to firearms and other lethal means. More than half of suicides are by firearms and limiting access to lethal means has been proven around the world to decrease suicides. 030, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627175 "Nothing normal about Nicky's death" https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627170 According to DHB Board Chair Bob Simcock 030, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/627170 Letter from DHB CEO about investigation into Nicky's death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625972 IT'S A LETTER FROM NIGEL! - DHB CEO PROMISES TO THINK ABOUT THINGS (letter received on 17 July 2015 by Nicky's family today following their meeting on Wednesday with the DHB bosses).... 029, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625972 3 deaths in one month at Canterbury DHB's Hillmorton Hospital https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625973 THE "CURIOUS" CASE OF THE 3 DEATHS AT CANTERBURY DHB'S HILLMORTON HOSPITAL IN NOVEMBER 2013.... 029, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625973 Nicky Stevens' death not to be investigated by Waikato DHB any time soon https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625971 A Hamilton family is considering legal action to prompt the Waikato District Health Board to investigate their son's death. Nicky Stevens was a patient at Waikato Hospital's Rongomau Henry Bennett Centre when he died in March. Stevens' father Dave Macpherson, met with Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray, and director of clinical services for the mental health and addictions Dr Rees Tapsell, on Wednesday. 029, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625971 New research points to importance of helping youth https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625977 When Beulah Koale got the call to help out youth-targeted website Common Ground, he knew exactly what to do. The ex-Shortland Street and The Last Saint actor almost lost a friend to suicide just a couple of years ago. 029, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625977 Suicide and language: Why we shouldn't use the ‘C’ word https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624972 Suicide is not a sin and is no longer a crime, so we should stop saying that people ‘commit’ suicide. We now live in a time when we seek to understand people who experience suicidal ideation, behaviours and attempts, and to treat them with compassion rather than condemn them. 029, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624972 List of all the enquiries following Nicky's death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624973 In the 4 months since Nicky's death, 13 different enquiries are supposed to have been completed - or at least started (most haven't been) - from the DHB to the Police to the various Departments and agencies, sitting on their hands is obviously a favourite pastime - see this chart for a graphic description. 029, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624973 Mental health carers saw stabbing accused hours before deadly attack https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625982 Mental health carers saw a young woman accused of a stabbing attack just hours before a grandfather was killed and four other people, including a 9-year-old boy, were wounded. Hudson Garratt, 67, was killed, and three family members and a neighbour were injured in the attack in Broderick Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington, on Wednesday night. 028, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625982 Young woman's life saved by a touching Facebook post https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625979 Young Aucklander Ruby Joy says her life was saved by the touching words of British literary star Julie Burchill, who recently lost her son to suicide. The 23-year-old social work student from Morrinsville battled anorexia and depression since her teens, leading to dark suicidal thoughts. However, a post her Facebook friend Julie Burchill penned about her own son's suicide helped Ruby realise the effect her death could have on those close to her. 028, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625979 Call for more help in the South on suicides https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625984 An apparent rise in the number of suicides has prompted a call for improvements to southern mental health services. 028, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625984 Doctor pursued female patient with mental health issues https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625980 A Northland doctor attracted to a young female patient with mental health issues showered her with gifts and even offered to take her to Hawaii for a holiday. 028, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/625980 SKATING FOR HOPE https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624036 Skating for Hope - Toby Chappell is fighting back against depression - good website, Happening from November 2015 to January 2016 - Nicky was also a great skater & we still have his favourite skateboard... 028, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624036 Mental health service stretched to capacity https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624029 Mental health services are being stretched to capacity in Northland due to a sharp increase in the number of people using them. Along with that increase, staff safety has been identified as an issue at the Tumanako Inpatient Unit at Whangarei Hospital. Over the last five years assaults on mental health staff accounted for 101 of 153 total staff assaults, equating to two out of three. 028, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624029 Suicide rate a 'national tragedy' https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624030 A Tauranga man who lost his son to suicide says 569 suspected suicides in one year is a "national tragedy". Statistics released by Justice Minister Amy Adams to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters revealed in the 12 months to May this year, there had been 569 suspected suicides throughout the country. 028, 5 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/624030 Suicide toll reaches highest rate since records kept https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623767 The provisional suicide toll has risen to its highest figure since the coroner's office started releasing the statistics. From the year June 2014- May 2015, 569 people died by suicide or suspected suicide. Last year (for the year ending 30 June 2014) that number was 529. 027, 3 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623767 Hospital court appearance for Johnsonville stabbing accused https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623771 A court appearance has been held at Hutt Hospital this afternoon for the 25-year-old woman charged with four counts of assault with a weapon following a stabbing spree in Johnsonville on Wednesday. The woman entered no plea and was remanded in care pending a psychiatric assessment. 027, 3 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623771 Health & Disability Commission Report into death of elderly mental health patient at Hillmorton Hospital (2014) https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622903 A health watchdog is "alarmed" an elderly psychiatric hospital patient was left lying on a bedroom floor for more than nine hours without any thorough nursing scrutiny. Alain Closel, 67, was thought to be sleeping, but had most likely fallen, unseen, during the night. He suffered a major bleed on his brain and died within hours. 027, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622903 Survey shows up shunning of the mentally ill https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622897 Most Kiwis in sports clubs will play sport with a person with mental illness - but not all of them would have them home for dinner, according to latest research. A Health Promotion Agency health and lifestyles survey done last year asked more than 2500 respondents about their attitudes towards a person with mental illness by posing the following scenario. 027, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622897 Waikato DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services group manager 'resigns' https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622896 Waikato DHB's 'Group Manager of Mental Health & Addictions' Jeff Bennett has ""resigned""; the second senior manager to be got rid of by CEO Nigel Murray. Bennett was in overall responsibility for the Henry Bennett Centre when Nicky Stevens died while under their care, and received copies of many of the written warnings and complaints about Nicky's treatment before his death. He has never approached the family, rather getting his minions to do so. Nicky's family are not sorry to see him go. 027, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622896 ELDERLY MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT LEFT TO DIE ON HOSPITAL FLOOR https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622898 A group of nurses who left an psychiatric patient on the floor have been criticised by the deputy health commissioner. 027, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622898 Hospital documentation disappears in Nicky Stevens case https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622900 A lost page of an observation log could hold "crucial" details of a mental health patient, in the days leading up to his death, his family says. The Waikato District Health Board can't explain where it has gone, but told police and has provided an earlier transcription of the information to the man's family. 026, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622900 Why I'll never consider suicide again - blog by a survivor https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623768 I received a phone call and the voice on the other end of the line nervously told me that my best friend had been found dead in her apartment. When I heard the news I crumpled. I screamed. I cried. I knocked over chairs and cleared tabletops, throwing papers to the floor. I hurt myself.... 026, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623768 AUSSIE BANKS TO PROFIT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE KIWIS... https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622901 ANZ and Westpac are among those keen to buy into social bonds, which return a profit if service providers meet… 'Dragon's Den' used by Health Minister Coleman to decide who will get the lucrative contracts - see the TV1 news video. 026, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622901 Nicky's mother's statement to Police about Henry Bennett Centre failings https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621303 This originally contained the statement given to Police by Nicky's mother Jane Stevens. Even though it is a public document, it has been removed until the Coroner's hearing at the demand of the highly-paid lawyer representing the DHB psychiatrist who Nicky's family believes bears significant responsibility for his death. 026, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621303 DHB Bosses letters attacking Nicky's family & family responses https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621298 The head of the Waikato DHB's Emergency Dept 'Dr' John Bonning attacked Nicky's father for demanding a meeting with hospital managers to find out about Nicky's treatment after he was first admitted following a suicide attempt; ex-Communications Direct Maryanne Gill made wildly incorrect comments to the Ministry and Minister of Health about Nicky's family, and DHB Board Chair 'apologised' while fanning the flames with obnoxious comments... 026, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621298 Missing Person's call Transcript - from Police Call Centre when Nicky disappeared https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621302 The full copy of the Policy Communications North call centre call taken when the Henry Bennett Centre rang in to report Nicky missing - note the several times police were told about Nicky's suicide risk [but no search started until over 2 days after this] 026, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621302 Statement by Nicky Stevens' father to Police https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621304 Statement given to Police by Nicky's father, Dave Macpherson, when reporting negligence on the part of the Henry Bennett Centre/Waikato DHB. Police are now also (of their own volition) looking at the possibility of "culpable homicide". 026, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621304 The Clayton's Apology https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622904 DHB Chair Bob Simcock 'apologises' for untruthful comments about Nicky's family by senior manager, and then attacks family.... 026, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622904 Whānau hit the road to heal issues of suicide https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621299 Five Māori families affected by suicide are participating in a unique project in which they will travel on a bus from marae to marae starting in Taranaki and ending in Cape Reinga. 025, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621299 Govt pulls plug on many phone helplines https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621300 The Government is doing away with using individual telephone support services that offer help on problem gambling, drug and alcohol addictions and quitting smoking. 025, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/621300 Givealittle: Fundraising for legal expenses being faced by Nicky's family https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617875 The death of musician Nicky Stevens was preventable. Can you help Nicky's family fight for the truth to be heard? 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617875 Action Station: Stop the privatisation of the mental health sector; sign the Petition https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617874 The Government is set to give private investors the opportunity to invest in and make money from social services, beginning with mental health services. They plan to use "Social Bonds" to do this, sold to private sector providers, who will earn dividends from successful "treatment" of patients. 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617874 The UK is facing similar issues https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617823 A whistle-blower at a failing mental health trust - the first in England ever to be placed in special measures - says staff are still firefighting to keep patients safe. 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617823 IPCA Complaint - Nicky's family's full complaint to the Independent Police Conduct Authority https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617824 The full complaint made by Nicky's family to the IPCA, including details of the slow Police response to the missing person report on Nicky, and the non-existent follow-up by Police commanders to urgent messages requesting action. 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617824 GOVT MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM FAILS 90-DAY TRIAL https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617797 90 DAYS AFTER NICKY'S DEATH - AND STILL NO ACTION! Statement from Nicky Stevens' family listing the official inaction and obstacles from the Government & its health sector... VIDEO LINK TO 'SUNDAY' TV PROGRAMME 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617797 Te Ara (The NZ Encyclopedia) - The Story of Mental Health Services https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617839 A snapshot of mental health history and issues over the last 170 years in NZ. Some quite interesting stuff in here, plus references to more detailed work. 024, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617839 Rural mental health services declining https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617841 A Taranaki mental health advocate says new funding criteria are ripping the heart out of services for provincial New Zealanders. Gordon Hudson has set up a voluntary organisation to fill the gap left by Like Minds Taranaki's closure, after the Ministry of Health axed its annual grant. 024, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617841 THE OTHER SIDE OF SANITY https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617814 What it’s like to lose your grip on reality... Cameron Miller showed up to work one day completely out of his mind. He was working in retail five years ago when he pulled his manager into the back room and began ranting to her about Buddhism. INCLUDES VIDEO 024, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617814 Former CTU secretary Peter Conway dies https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618113 Peter Conway, former Council of Trade Unions secretary, died in Wellington today. A family statement said he battled a depressive illness for more than a year and carried it with the same dignity and kindness that he lived his life. "Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the economist and secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. 024, 9 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618113 ERICA'S DEATH 2nd IN ONE MONTH AT PALMERSTON NORTH DHB MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY.. https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617798 ERICA'S DEATH 2nd IN ONE MONTH AT PALMERSTON NORTH DHB MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY.. These two deaths prompted an external review into the MidCentral DHB's service, uncovering a litany of systemic issues. Anyone casually glancing at the media will see this is an ongoing and growing nationwide problem - not just in Palmerston North, not just in Hamilton, but with the leadership, funding and type of support services available for those with mental illness problems in New Zealand. 024, 9 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617798 Social Investment Bonds: A further means to erode democracy? https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617844 From Poverty Action Waikato... A number of social services in the Waikato are deeply concerned with the government’s direction towards the implementation of Social Investment Bonds. The increased involvement of the private sector in the provision of social services potentially compromises democracy and threatens the ongoing viability of the state as a protector of the common good. 023, 5 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617844 'I think about suicide everyday' - Christchurch shed couple https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618093 On day three of an investigation into housing issues in post-earthquake Christchurch, SHELLEY ROBINSON talks to a couple who had a happy ending after sleeping on a mattress in a shed for four months. 023, 4 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618093 Complaints about Southern DHB increase 60% https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618094 A big rise in Health and Disability Commissioner complaints about Southern District Health Board services has been revealed. Thirty-two people complained to the patient watchdog in the last six months of 2014, a report to a hospital advisory committee in Invercargill today shows. 023, 3 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618094 Privatised mental health concerns https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618095 Giving private investors an opportunity to invest in the provision of mental health social services and make money from them could have disastrous consequences, the Dunedin Methodist Mission says. 023, 2 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618095 How to fix Canada’s mental health system https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618096 Too many patients seeking mental health diagnosis and treatment are falling through the cracks – at tremendous economic and human cost. But, Erin Anderssen reports, it doesn’t have to be this way. Public coverage for psychotherapy, using technology to reach across vast distances and making sure we educate the young about mental health are just a few of the proven ways Canada can deliver the quality care patients need 023, 2 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618096 Community website Neighbourly sheds light on mental health issues https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618098 Janelle McNeil has always been open about her mental health issues. The 31 year-old is now engaging with her community to give others the confidence to follow-suit. Through New Zealand's private and free neighbourhood website, Neighbourly, Woolston resident McNeil is initiating conversations around mental health. 023, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618098 Govt to Issue 'Social Bonds' for Mental Health services https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618099 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. Click here for VIDEO LINK: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/government-issue-social-bonds-mental-health-services-video-6327197 023, 31 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618099 Do You Recognise This Tattoo? https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618101 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 022, 30 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618101 ROGUES' GALLERY https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618104 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). 022, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618104 And yet ANOTHER missing person from the Henry Bennett Centre! https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618105 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. 022, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618105 'Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Talks Lawsuit Against Mental Facility Over Son's Death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618097 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. 022, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618097 New Zealanders accepting of race, religion but not mental illness https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618106 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. 022, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618106 DHB Failed Suicidal Mental Health Patient https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618102 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! 022, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618102 Search for missing man not given priority, says Nicky Stevens' family https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618107 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. 022, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618107 Dave Macpherson – Death of Nicky Stevens – police inaction slammed https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618108 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. 022, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618108 'SUNDAY' TV Programme - June 24th https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618109 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. 022, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618109 Sweet home ... not the slammer: Taking a new approach to mental health https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618110 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'... 021, 17 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618110 'Better care could have saved life' https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618112 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. 020, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618112 Govt hands over responsibility for Mental Health Care to DHBs/Suicide prevention app 'will save lives' https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618116 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. 020, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618116 Invercargill parents back call for ministerial inquiry https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618118 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. 019, 7 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618118 My son’s suicide could have been avoided - educate emergency staff on suicidal patients https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618119 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. 019, 5 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618119 Inquest change risks coverup - lawyer https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618171 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. 019, 5 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618171 Plea to govt over mental health death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618149 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. 019, 4 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618149 Mentally ill woman's parents: Help our daughter https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618122 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. 019, 4 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618122 Lifeline loses bid for new national call line https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622899 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. 019, 4 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/622899 Family of Nicky Stevens writes to minister of health https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618147 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. 019, 3 May 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618147 Families face financial hurdle in seeking justice from DHBs https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618170 A QC specialising in medical law says it is crucial for families to have legal representation when dealing with DHBs’ medical mishaps, although getting the DHB to pay for this assistance would be very difficult. 018, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618170 Drugging Kids in Anticipation of Future Mental Disorders? The Soaring Antipsychotic Use on Aussie Youths https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618091 Australian psychiatrist Patrick McGorry, who caused an international furor over advocating drugging adolescents with antipsychotics to “prevent” them becoming psychotic, has, again, come under scrutiny for the recent revelation of a whopping 75% increase in Western Australian children on antipsychotics between 2009 and 2013. 018, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618091 Kauri tree planted at Waikato Hospital to remember Nicky Stevens https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618146 Nicky Stevens father, Dave Macpherson, planted a kauri tree in memory of his son for what would have been his 22nd birthday 018, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618146 Police to investigate Nicky Stevens death https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618123 Nicky Stevens' family complained to Police because the DHB was negligent in their care for Nicky, who they had chosen to take legal responsibility for; because the mental health system in NZ regularly stuffs up and is never made to accept responsibility; because the law requires health services to take good care of mentally ill patients in their facilities, but is never enforced; because our son and brother died when the DHB management and psychiatrists ignored our warnings and pleas 017, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618123 Lessons not learnt at Henry Bennett https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618125 OPINION (Geoff Taylor, Waikato Times) I was moved by Denise Irvine's beautifully written feature in the Waikato Times on 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens who died after being allowed to leave the Henry Bennett Centre unescorted. 016, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618125 Waikato DHB happy to set precedent leading to Nicky's death – but won't set precedent to support grieving family https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618130 Waikato DHB bosses told Nicky Stevens' family yesterday that "levelling the playing field" by funding their Coroner's inquest legal costs would set a dangerous precedent. [Photo of Nigel Murray, Waikato DHB CEO] 016, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618130 Smoking Policy has killed patients, claims lawyer https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618133 A lawyer acting for a psychiatric patient will fight to overturn a smoking ban at mental health units in the Court of Appeal this month. Barrister Richard Francois told the Herald on Sunday patients' lives were at risk because they had been told to smoke off the grounds or at the fence line and were unsupervised. Patients in secure units were not able to smoke at all. 016, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618133 The Daily Blog - Mark Tupuhi on Nicky Stevens https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618134 A powerful and damning first-hand account of the fatal arrogance and ineptitude of the Waikato DHB and their operation of our only care and treatment facility for those suffering from mental illness - the Henry Rongomai Bennett Centre. Mark Tupuhi even faked an address to access Auckland-based care as he was scared of the treatment at HBC. 015, 9 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618134 Two patients abscond from the Henry Bennett Centre - same slack security! https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618135 One News story/video here. Lead story on the news tonight, discusses slack security issues, Nicky's parents views on security and too-little-too-late independent inquiry, Hospital CEO's 'embarrassment' over the escape of these two men. 015, 8 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618135 Waikato DHB gets it wrong – again. https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618140 The 'escape' of two men from a supposedly secure Ward at Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Centre brings back unpleasant memories of the incompetence of Hospital management, say the parents of Nicky Stevens. The latest episode comes less than four weeks after Nicky Stevens, left the Centre on unescorted leave and was later found dead in the Waikato River. 015, 7 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618140 The Life and Death of Nicky Stevens https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618141 When Nicky Stevens had a shower, he'd be in there forever, he'd shower for as long as there was hot water, and he'd sing at the top of his voice. A lot of the songs were made up, maybe about his little cat Shadowfox, also known as Wooty, and there might be some Neil Young and other favourites in there as well. You could hear him for miles... 014, 4 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618141 Freedom sought on reporting of suicide https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618117 Nicky Stevens' family will be reporting what happened to him, regardless of what any Coroner says are their rules: by holding up their Inquest for months, if not years, the Coroners have given up any right to let the public know about what happened with Nicky. There is some good in these proposals, such as the right for media to report the truth about suicides, but much is bad... 014, 4 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618117 Waikato Mental Health patient's death avoidable - family https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618126 The family of a Hamilton man whose body was found in the Waikato River in March, while in the care of a mental health facility, say his death was avoidable. Nicky Stevens - a schizophrenic - was under a compulsory care order at the Henry Bennett Centre. He'd already tried to take his own life and had threatened to try again. 014, 3 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618126 A message from Nicky's Mum - Jane Stevens https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618142 Nick was surrounded by love. He had a wide network of friends who cared about him deeply. He had strong family ties and knew he was loved by his parents and brother. But Nick also had an illness that at times altered his perception of reality. 014, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618142 Waikato DHB paying family's fees 'justice' https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618143 The family of 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens, Dave Macpherson, Jane Stevens and Tony Stevens are putting pressure on the Waikato DHB to pay their legal expenses. 013, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618143 Family ask health board to pay for legal expenses https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618144 The family of drowned 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens will be asking the Waikato District Health Board to fund their legal expenses relating to the Coronial inquest, and investigations by the Health & Disability Commission, police and the DHB itself. 013, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618144 Dead man victim of 'bureaucratic malpractice' - family https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618148 The family of a man whose body was found in the Waikato River last week are calling for an independent probe into his death amidst claims he is the victim of "medical and bureaucratic malpractice". 012, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618148 Missing man's body found in Waikato River https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618145 The body of missing Nicky Tairoa Stevens has been found in the Waikato River. Stevens, 21, was the son of Hamilton City Councillor Dave Macpherson and was last seen leaving Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Centre on Monday afternoon 011, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618145 Better, Safer, Fairer- Save Our 4X2 Roster https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617840 Waikato DHB wants to remove the 4 x 2 (four days on, two days off) from their mental health services and is excluding the majority of staff from the decision. This is a major concern for patients, their families, mental health staff and the Public Service Association (PSA), the union for many staff. 009, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/617840 Electric shock therapy in the modern day https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623776 Emma lives with her dad, is interested in politics and plays piano. Her favourite composer is Chopin. She studies maths and psychology at Wellington's Victoria University. Two years ago, aged 18, she tried to kill herself and was placed under the Mental Health Act in Wakari psychiatric ward near Dunedin. During her stay she says she was diagnosed with depression, forced to have seven rounds of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and injected with sedatives. 005, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/623776 Grieving Mum muzzled by ruling https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618789 In an ideal world Harry McLean would have just finished university exams and started making plans for summer. Instead, his family are today mourning the first anniversary of his death. McLean, 18, was rushed to Christchurch Hospital after an incident at Hillmorton Hospital on November 21, last year. Harry McLean died on November 24 last year.His life support was switched off three days later as he lay surrounded by family. He died in his mother's arms. 048, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618789 Coroner gives up bid to secure fence at Henry Bennett Centre https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618137 A Coroner has given up his bid to see a perimeter wall of a Hamilton mental health facility heightened after opposition from the Ministry of Health. However, in his only recommendation into the findings of the death of Frankton woman Diane White in 2010, Coroner Peter Ryan now wants to see nurses given the power to detain a voluntary in-patient - a loophole he discovered during the inquest held in Hamilton in July this year. 044, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.familiesmatter.nz/blog/618137