News + Comment 2013
'Lock 'em up' is not a policy for mental health, says SANE Australia
SANE Australia is gravely concerned that the Queensland government has decided to lock up all people affected by mental illness in the State who are in-patients of hospitals.
The decision to lock all adult acute inpatients units from 15 December 2013, is reportedly to ‘provide a safe environment’.
‘It’s a fundamentally flawed decision and a profoundly backward step for people with a mental illness in Queensland,’ says SANE Australia CEO Jack Heath. ‘This decision is more likely to provoke frustration by forcing people to stay indoors. Vulnerable people in need of care will be subjected to further stigmatisation and it’s even less likely they will seek help.’
‘Rather than focusing on recovery and the treatment of illness, the Queensland government is treating those affected as though they were all criminals,’ says Mr Heath.
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