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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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Guest Mental Health Blog: David Macpherson – Coleman’s Pork-Barrelling highlights mental health deficit

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

One of the more unusual sights in the post-Key scramble for top jobs was that of nonentity Health Minister Jonathan Coleman putting his hat in the ring, and following up with the promise of more cash for the mental health sector.

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GUEST BLOG: David Macpherson – Mental Health facilities – poor care, avoided responsibility & side-stepped accountability

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

David Macpherson is TDB’s mental health blogger. He became involved in mental health rights after the mental health system allowed his son to die. He is now a Waikato DHB Member-elect.

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Mental health with Dave McPherson: Some lessons we ought to be learning from the USA….

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Mental health bureaucrats and ‘professionals’ in NZ have collectively followed the same path, and even those seeing the problems the community sees every day are slow to voice concerns, timid in their approach, and usually supremely arrogant in thinking only they have the ability to make any changes.

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Institutional care – was the baby thrown out with the bathwater?

By   /  November 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Twenty years ago the Clark Government shepherded through the closure of the country’s grim old standalone mental health institutions – Tokanui, Lake Alice and Cherry Farm are names that come to mind.

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