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The state of our Mental Health system

By nyssa76 - 13 November 2005 33

As I write this, I am appalled and severely pissed off by the ACT Mental Health Crisis and Assessment Team.

A friend has just called me to inform me that when she rang them – as she was self harming – the person’s response on the other end of the phone was basically “your psychologist is taking your money, he doesn’t care”.

Nice to know huh?

Last week my friend was told (during another crisis) by another CAT team member that she “had to go now”, minutes later my friend OD’d.

WTF is going on with this damn system? Do people seriously have to take their own lives before the system is checked?

So, as I sit here now, awaiting another phone call…..mind you it’s now 12:20am….I ponder the reason why we even have a CAT team in the first place. Apparently there is a team called “mit” (sp?) and they are a hell of a lot better but on the ACT Health website, they don’t even get a mention. Anyone know who they are or have a contact number?

People are always bagging out teachers for their apparent “lack of duty of care” so why in the hell aren’t CAT being crucified? Surely the money being spent on CAT could be put to better use by hiring people who actually give a shit?

Ok….I’m off my soap box now.

What’s Your opinion?

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33 Responses to
The state of our Mental Health system
LurkerGal 10:38 am 16 Nov 05

Good luck Nyssa. Mental illness is hard to deal with, all you can do is be there for her, which it sounds like you are doing.

And Ginger? Tosser? It is an ILLNESS. If Nyssa’s friend had cervical cancer, would she be an idiot? If she had epilepsy? Or how about if she had MS? It’s the same fucking thing. It’s an ILLNESS! Fucktard.

Thumper 8:15 am 16 Nov 05

Sounds fairly normal for them. As much as we get reassurances from the government that they are “looking into” and “addressing issues”, nothing ever changes.

No accountability, no probity. Why does it always take a tragic death to get someone to actually do something.

Hope your friend is okay.


nyssa76 8:36 pm 15 Nov 05

Now, for those that are actually interested, my friend has been told not to contact CATT anymore, but rather to ring Lifeline. Apparently, when that idiot was discussing the psychologist, ethical issues were breached. Nice to know huh?

I wonder if they shred their files before they have them shipped off to the tip.

nyssa76 8:34 pm 15 Nov 05

How’s about an update on why you obviously have no friends? Since you feel the need to make jokes about someone who is not mentally well. Grow up ADFA puke.

Their acronym – as per their website, states CATT. Ask them what the second ‘T’ means.

gingermick 7:36 pm 15 Nov 05

Nyssy,just quickly – 1. Maybe CAT not CATT is the CRISIS AND ASSESSMENT TEAM. 2. Perhaps “your” not “you’re” before “lack”. 3. How about “me nys” instead of “my nys”. But enough of this sniping over spelling and grammar. How about an update on Crazy Horse? She necked herself yet?

nyssa76 9:52 pm 14 Nov 05

CATT is the CRISIS AND ASSESSMENT TEAM. I mentioned it before.

Grow up you imbecile. You’re lack of intelligence on this matter only proves how ignorant you are.

It’s nyssa76, that’s my name. No one calls my nys. There are several alternates to your name that spring to mind, but maturity is winning through.

Now go to bed little one.

gingermick 9:04 pm 14 Nov 05

Nys, nys, nys! I’m using the diminutive as a term of affection as I’m starting to feel strangely attracted to you. You are correct. There isn’t 4 Es in needle; and there aren’t 4 either. Maybe I was thinking about a really BIG neeeedle. Nah, I won’t get away with that.

No, I’m not a judgemental type (judge mental, oh deary me!) I’m also not too sure what a CATT is. Please explain.

We are getting a bit Wizard of Ozish, what with me not having a heart or a brain. I am now staring to imagine you in Judy Garland’s Dorothy dress, albeit with a fag hanging out of your mouth.

Getting excited. Must go, nys.

Till later.

nyssa76 8:44 pm 14 Nov 05

NEEEDLE – your spelling. There isn’t 4 E’s in needle.

You are as compassionate as a dead horse. You can call me an idiot all you like. However, I can actually pass judgment on CATT, can you?

I hope to God you never have a family member or friend with a mental illness. Then again, you might actually grow a brain and realise how serious it is.

My friend isn’t dead yet. She has supportive friends and family. Luckily she doesn’t have you as one.

Why are you still here arguing with your idiotic diatribe? Your obvious disregard for human life demonstrates that you should 1) go back to God and ask him for a heart and 2) go back to school and actually learn about mental illness and its effect on a person and their family and friends.

FYI, it’s nyssa76.

gingermick 8:31 pm 14 Nov 05

No, nys, I’m not basically calling ANYONE with a mental illness an idiot. I’m calling YOUR FRIEND an idiot. Oh well, seeing I’m in form, I may as well add that anyone with such an idiot for a friend must also be in the same category.

Is your idiot friend dead yet?

I think the spelling is OK. Please advise.

Thumper 7:44 am 14 Nov 05

I totally agree Nyssa. I’ve had someone say to me ‘What do you want us to do about it?’ when I’ve rung them about a person I know.

And I’ve had the cops say to me, ‘forget it, unless you think your Jesus and you are redeeming the world with a sword, then they couldn’t care less’. Or at least, words to that effect.

And yet, even with this situation having been the norm for many a year, and I blame the previous government as well, the current government is quite happy to pay lip service whilst burying their collective heads in the sand.

Its appalling.

Special G 7:31 am 14 Nov 05

The CAT team are a waste of oxygen. PSU (psych unit) at Canberra Hospital are not any better. Never heard of mit though.

I am not surprised that your friend has troubles getting decent help.


nyssa76 7:16 am 14 Nov 05

FYI, you can OD on prescription medication and even panadol – which ruins your liver if it is not “flushed” out with saline asap.

nyssa76 9:23 pm 13 Nov 05

Idiot? So you are basically calling ANYONE with a mental illness an idiot?

Take a good look in the mirror mate. Our taxes AREN’T paying for a great service. They are paying for a piss-weak one.

FYI, most people with a mental illness don’t reach for the needle (note spelling), and some have the courage to reach for the phone so as to get some help moron. It’s a shame that 50% of the people on the other end are dickheads.

You obviously don’t know anyone with a mental illness and thank fuck for that.

gingermick 9:09 pm 13 Nov 05

What does your idiot friend reach for first, the neeedle or the phone?

el 1:56 pm 13 Nov 05

Well nyssa76, if it’s any consolation you’re not alone. I won’t go into too much depth about my frustration at ACT Mental Health services, I’ll leave it at saying a lady I know suffering schizophrenia was able to walk out the door at the psych ward and ended up at Canberra airport with a one way ticket to a nearby pacific island (this was just a couple of weeks after the Cornelia Rau (sp?) debacle.)

Not to mention the f*ckarse travel agent that made her sign a form indemnifying them from responsibility because she was “acting strangely”.

Never heard anything of the “mit” team, if you find anything please post deails.

The govt can talk all they want about improving funding and services to mental health, but I’ll only believe it when I see it.

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