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Lack of support for mental health

(as a friend),

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About: Fiona Stanley Hospital

My friend has self-admitted to Fiona Stanley 4 times in the last 2. 5 months and more recently attempted suicide. Fiona Stanley have consistently turned my friend away despite my friend's repeated requests for help. My friend is still in their teens with autism and no family support and no real life experience to help support them. My friend has a case worker via another service who has repeatedly told my friend to find their own way to hospital.

I believe if Fiona Stanley had taken my friend seriously, my friend would not have had an attempt at suicide. My friend needs to be admitted for a short stay in a Perth facility and given actual support to learn how to manage their own mental health, as well as allow time for their medications to settle. If I hear from the hospital, I will supply my friend's information so my story can be verified.  

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Response from Neil Doverty, Executive Director, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group, South Metropolitan Health Service

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Dear bk8

Thank you for taking the time to send us your story regarding your friend’s experience at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

I was disappointed to read about your friend’s mental health concerns and encourage you to please contact our Patient and Family Liaison Officer via phone 6152 4013 or email FSHFeedback@health.wa.gov.au providing patient details so we can investigate the issues and respond fully.

I look forward to hearing from you soon but if you have any concerns in the meantime please encourage your friend to see her GP or, in the case of an emergency, to attend the emergency department.

Kind regards

Neil Doverty

Executive Director

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group

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Update posted by bk8 (a friend)

Hi Neil,

Thank you for your response. My friend is currently in your ED and safe.

I have emailed the address you have provided.