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    Gina

    I thank 4 corners for telling my story !
    This program was about our family’s struggle getting our sick loved one help ! It wasn’t directed at people with mental illness ! It was our experience with the mental health system . I’m quite shocked that you have turned this episode into a negative ! This was OUR story , family’s all around Australia and unfortunately our story’s were tragic . The public need to know how broken our system is , if it was working my loved one would be home with me right now and a life wouldn’t of been lost . My loved ones mental health deteriorated over 10 weeks , we had no experience with mental illness we didn’t know what was going on and when we reach out to these SO called mental health services all we heard time and time again was they needed to come in and ask for help himself that was impossible . Tell me when someone is having there first phycotic episode if mental health service fail and even a local hospital discharge your loved one without help , then what do you suggest we do???? My loved ones mental health escalated into a crisis , if I could of gotten him The help he needed he wouldn’t of ended up in a phycosis. The episode was highlighting the broken mental health system in Australia and how it failed US! Why are you turning it into a negative ? We want the system to change , it’s been ignored for far too long ! If my loved one was helped by the so called mental health services he wouldn’t be in jail for murder even tho all the evidence pointed to an accident! So that’s why my loved one cannot speak for himself because he can’t , I am his voice ! he doesn’t want what happened to him happen to anybody else there has to be more help for family’s and sick loved ones !!! Isn’t that fair enough ? Please don’t judge or comment if you haven’t been through what our family’s have faced . It was hard enough we had to go in tv and tell our story We did this to achieve some change in the system. 4 corners covered our story with grace and sensitivity and I give them a pat on the back ! I only got to tell part of my story there was soo much more . I even called all the advertised mental help lines and guess what they couldn’t help us either !

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      Gina

      I’m deeply hurt and upset by your comments on the 4 corners episode! I’m in shock that you have twisted what the episode was truely about ! You sit there and judge our family’s story, we go out on a limb to help change the system and you thrown it all back in our face ! Not once did we mention more hospital beds or medication, the system is broken can’t you see that ? Have you been through what we have been through and With the justice department? Did your loved one get thrown in jail while he was sick with no treatment or help ? Stigma ? No , telling our truthful story’s .

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    Harold A Maio

    —–the program flagged as investigating “violent crime and the mentally ill”.

    “The” mentally ill? Curious that we cling to that form. As “the” Blacks, it continues to influence a great many. One ought eschew both.

    —–people with a mental illness are far more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of violent crimes

    As are people without a mental illness, as are journalists, state employees, editors, professors. It is a truism.

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    Jennifer Cramer

    As a carer advocate I applaud the Four Corners program, “Don’t Judge Us” for courageously wading into a political minefield. I respect the bravery of carers who, perhaps for a first time, had opportunity to speak publicly of the systemic barriers to care and its adverse consequences for a loved one with severe mental illness. For once the everyday trauma experienced particularly by these carers are made visible and visual for public attention. Whose interests are served by the many who objected to this expose? Certainly such attitudes reveal a lack of awareness of what it is truly like being a full-time career of someone withan acute and ongoing mental illness..

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