We understand the community is looking to understand the motivation behind such a terrible incident. We also appreciate that these are challenging times for the community and, most especially the police, in light of the recent tragic events in Melbourne.
However, at this early stage of the investigation, and before any psychiatric evaluation is complete, it’s unhelpful to publicly speculate about the individual’s mental health and whether it is relevant to the incident.
This can perpetuate stigma which, in turn, can be a huge barrier to people seeking help for mental illness in the first place.
SANE Australia has had a strong and positive relationship with the Victoria Police stretching back many years, and we appreciate the challenges faced by individual officers on a regular basis.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident.