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Simon Corbell plays down seriousness of mental breakout

By johnboy 6 September 2005 4

RiotACT regular Simon Corbell is reported By ABC Online to be unconcerned at a breakout from the Psychiatric Services Unit.

Certainly my own experience, when a friend of the family was a regular in that facility, was that escape was fairly trivial.

So while it’s gross hypocirisy for the Liberals to beat it up now I would say that the story is indicative of ongoing neglect in this area over successive governments.

Brendan’s media release is here.

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Maelinar 12:20 pm 07 Sep 05

There are indeed valued jobs going as military target holders for these people as well.

It behoves the supporters of user pays to stand up and take the credit where credit is due here. I’m assuming it’s the same tightwads who don’t want to look after their certifiable relatives, but then again, would they give a rats ass anyway no matter what we did ?

bonfire 10:33 am 07 Sep 05

Sadly this goes way back to the lunacy of softheads believing these really sick individuals need to be ‘integrated’ back into society, and that institutions are a ‘bad idea’.

govts love this thinking, as it means they can empty the asylums, stop spending money on health and spend it on umm SIEV X memorials, sell the land the institutions are on for urban housing (more rates), shift the problem to another jurisdiction, shift teh support burden to charity, make you as a relative or friend feel guilty because you cant cope when your ill relative/friend is in crisis.

thank you softheads. big government isnt always a bad thing. the state has a duty of care to those who cant look after themselves.

Mr Evil 8:19 am 07 Sep 05

Maybe we need a few Victorian Police to come to Canberra: they know how to ‘deal’ with people with mental illness.

Thumper 8:07 am 07 Sep 05

I know someone who has a serious mental problem which is rarely seen but when manifests itself is a worry in that he could easily kill or maim someone.

The Police have been called numerous times when he has had these episodes but their hands are tied. All they can do is arrest him, take him into custody until he cools down, and then release him.

Everytime the Police or myself or anyone else has called ACT mental health we find they cannot help, due to a miriad of ridiculous reasons.

The Police, one time, even said to me that he’s got no chance of getting anyone from ACT Mental health to help as they, the Police, get people wandering down streets brandishing swords thinking they are King Arthur and ACT Mental health doesn’t want to know.

The facilities in this Territory for mental health patients are frankly appalling.

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