Tag: Mental Health

Mentally ill and disabled people held in Territory prisons for years without a sentence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A picture of the four family members outside

Apparently Doctors get in the way of politics medicine mental illness is no excuse for being accused  and unable to stand trial or even be judged. Incarceration at the governments pleasure is what keeps us safe. Mentally ill are kept on Manus for over 5years and children only released before an election and  what was legislated a secret got out. Is this another example of why doctors can’t be trusted? (ODT

Justin Walker has been in prison in Darwin for over six years without a sentence.
Key points:

At least 13 people are in NT prisons because they have been found unfit to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental impairment
A criminal lawyer says they are in prison because there is nowhere else for them to go
He says some clients plead guilty to avoid indefinite detention

His family is afraid he will not come out alive.

The NT Attorney-General’s office is under fire for allowing mentally ill or disabled people to languish inside already overcrowded prisons for years, simply because there are no other places to put them.

The Territory Government’s handling of indefinite detention for people with a cognitive, psychiatric or physical impairment often leaves individuals locked up for years with no conviction.

Mr Walker, 36, is one of at least 13 people currently in the custody of the NT Correctional Services Commissioner after being found unfit to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.

via Mentally ill and disabled people held in Territory prisons for years without a sentence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian Psychological Society Medicare review submission betrays members and clients – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The APS explicitly excludes four “Area of Practice Endorsements” (AoPE) categories from providing MBS rebated services for “Severe and Chronic/Unremitting Disorders”, recommending, and thus inferring, that only practitioners holding endorsements for Clinical, Counselling, Forensic, Health or Education and Development Psychology are competent to treat clients with complex health issues. These endorsed psychologists make up less than 34% of all registered psychologists in Australia.

via Australian Psychological Society Medicare review submission betrays members and clients – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump cites mental health not gun laws in speech on Florida school shooting – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Key points:

Mr Trump directly addressed children who may feel ‘lost alone, confused or even scared’
No specific policy recommendations were made but he pledged to help secure schools and tackle mental health issues
Barack Obama tweeted out an emotional plea for ‘common-sense gun safety laws’

He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence.

When Donald Trump tweeted his go-to response full of “prayers and condolences,” some students responded to him, demanding he acknowledge gun control laws.

“Why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president,” one student tweeted.

When Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren tweeted the standard conservative line that “this isn’t about a gun,” multiple students responded to her on Twitter.

“I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours,” one tweeted back. “It was about guns. You weren’t there, you don’t know how it felt.”

via Donald Trump cites mental health not gun laws in speech on Florida school shooting – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Man held in Belgium after driving towards pedestrians at high speed on Antwerp shopping street

Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp said on Thursday they had detained a man who tried to enter the main pedestrianised shopping street in a car at high speed, adding security in the city would be stepped up.

Source: Man held in Belgium after driving towards pedestrians at high speed on Antwerp shopping street