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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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Open Letter to ASH from Dave Macpherson

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

My son Nicky, 21, died as a direct result of being sent off the Waikato Hospital campus, unescorted, while a known suicide risk, to smoke; when there was (and is) a perfectly good safe outside courtyard area that he could have been in.

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Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

Here are 13 reasons why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review…

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Dave Macpherson – Suicide Prevention Strategy shown to be a fraud

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The only problem was, the Government didn’t like even the idea of a target they could actually be held to. Accountability is a concept for others, not them, so they had that removed, and other offending words sanitised, so it read like a pile of “PC waffle”, according to Panel member Mike King, who promptly up and resigned in protest.

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GUEST BLOG: Mothers day anguish, “Failing mental health system killed my son”

By   /  May 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Mother’s day has become a day of anguish for our family since our son Nicky Stevens died while in the legal care of the Waikato DHB. This last week has been particularly difficult as we have had to witness the death of another young person in similar circumstances to our son. Our Mental Health system is failing too many of our young people.

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Dave Macpherson’s open letter to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Dear Minister – you will be aware of the recent death of a young Palmerston North woman who was given leave from that Hospital’s Mental Health Unit to ‘go outside for a smoke’, due to the policy of all DHB’s to ban smoking on their precincts, no matter what the circumstances.

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Statement re: P Nth Hospital secure smoking areas – management asked in 2015 to keep them open

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The family of Nicky Stevens believe deceased Palmerston North Hospital mental health unit patient Chelsea Brunton would almost certainly be alive today had the management of Palmerston North Hospital agreed to a 2015 request to keep the secure outdoor smoking courtyards already in place open. Palmerston North Hospital management was asked to keep them open, […]

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Dave Macpherson: Dodgy Doctor claims health has passed annual ‘check-up’

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

While I was walking 4 kms around Hamilton Lake on Saturday, in the company of 500 other citizens aiming to draw attention to the high and worsening rates of suicide in New Zealand, a press release from Health Minister ‘Dr’ Jonathan Coleman arrived in my in-box.

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The mental health system is broken – a full independent inquiry is way overdue

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The family of Nicky Stevens, the young man who died in 2015 while in the compulsory care of Waikato DHB’s mental health facility, has renewed its call for the Government to establish a full, independent inquiry into the state of the country’s mental health services. Nicky Stevens’ mother, Jane Stevens, said the Government had turned […]

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Dave Macpherson – OPPOSITION PARTIES SO FAR MISSING IN ACTION

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

With one or two notable exceptions, the three main opposition parties have to date missed multiple golden opportunities to raise an issue that a very large number of ordinary kiwis are highly concerned about. You only have to raise your concerns about the state of mental health services at any community meeting anywhere in New Zealand to see the nods of agreement right around the room.

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Dave Macpherson: Mental health – is the system broken?

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Is the Pope a Catholic?

Of course it’s broken; let’s look at a few reports from the last fortnight:

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Dave Macpherson – Sshh…if you’re a DHB member, don’t speak out about suicide….

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

You would think it would be almost part of the job for a self-respecting DHB member to publicly speak out about high rates of suicide in their region. And you would expect fellow DHB members to join in and call for greater resources and attention to the issue in an area where suicides were twice the rate of road accident deaths?

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Dave Macpherson – Why isn’t this country talking about suicide?

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

In the last week, high profile mainstream media personalities have raised the issue of suicide and mental illnesses that can lead to it, mainly on the back of the suicide of a friend of one particular personality, Jono Pryor.

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NICKY STEVENS – 2 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH WHILE IN THE ‘CARE’ OF WAIKATO DHB, WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Dave Macpherson is The Daily Blog’s mental health blogger. He ran for and won a seat on the Waikato DHB after losing his son to mental health incompetence.

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David Macpherson – Nicky Stevens’ care was of a “good standard” – Yeah, Right.

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

For this Blog, I am writing primarily about how the Waikato DHB has handled the death of my son, Nicky Stevens, while a patient under compulsory care in their mental health unit, some 2 years ago.

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Mental Health Professionals know best (Yeah, right!) – Dave Macpherson Mental Health Blogger

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

For the overwhelming proportion of people affected by mental illness, full family/whanau involvement in their care and treatment plans is an absolute necessity, but is rarely practiced by mental health services around this country, especially inpatient services, and is actively scorned by many service staff, especially the more highly paid ones!

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