A young woman I know committed suicide after walking out of a mental health unit a few days ago. I knew her as a child, friends with my daughter. These sad events always hurt me, when I know they are so unnecessary and a result of unprofessional inadequate treatment care rehabilitation and adequate welfare that government are supposed to provide but don’t.
Instead we get the global drug company neo-liberal experimental version that follows no health or rehabilitation model I have ever studied.
I go through a period after feeling hurt where I am so angry at mental health and the government, because I know they are the cause of this after 15 years studying the industry and neo-liberal politics, human rights etc. I am angry at being dragged through court repeatedly for protesting about mental health services and being assaulted by police for doing it – not me whose the criminal its them.
Then ideas for art, poetry and guerrilla protest missions start popping into my head, so I am off to Wellington soon to put up paintings in several organisations I hold responsible for what happened to Chelsea and the levels of suicide in our communities. Will post photos on www.facebook.com/jrmurphypoetmusician and twitter @jrmurphypoetry
I am 52, nobody committed suicide that I knew when I was young – my children have been through multiple suicides. My daughter phoned me distraught when she found out Chelsea had died. Wonder what was happening in her life to make her do that.
Another thing that always happens is I am angry with myself for not doing enough, not protesting enough, not doing the legal paperwork I should, not begging enough of the right people for help to stop this. Even though I know so much more than anybody else in New Zealand – I’m in court the most for it.
I know what the government are doing is illegal – I set up this site to expose it. I know there are corrupt and criminally negligent people purposely stopping people getting professional care in order to make more money for dug companies and keep people sick – keep justice system and police busy as well.
This is New Zealand this is not my culture, these rich and powerful terrorists of poor must be stopped. When the fuck are our news media going to expose this INDUSTRY and what is causing people to become suicidal. I know, most people around me know, so why are those who work in the industry not doing anything, why are the government making things worse. They want you in jail, they want you in mental health services, it creates jobs to replace all the manufacturing jobs that were driven overseas by neo-liberal terrorists in the 80s and 90s.
I want to know what Labour, Greens and New Zealand First will do in their first 100 days to reverse degrading harmful welfare reforms National imposed, get suicidal people into safe stable homes with professional health care, based on professional health and rehabilitation models.
I read something recently that said when the unresolved trauma is too much and hope for the future is too little a person becomes suicidal in the present. I completely agree with that – we need to provide people with the place and space to resolve trauma and we must give them hope for the future. Hope of a safe home to live in, a valued and worthwhile job and part of a supportive and safe community. None of us living in the darklands have that, we have exactly the opposite to that thanks to greedy immoral neo-liberal terrorists.