Calling for acknowledgement for former patients of psychiatric hospitals sign now

Between July 2005 and April 2007 a Confidential Forum was held for former In-patients of psychiatric hospitals. Over 400 former patients spoke about their experiences. The final report of the Confidential Forum Te Aiotonga (2007, available from www.dia.govt.nz) outlines the themes that emerged including occurrences of physical violence and sexual misconduct; and de-humanising environments. The report remains unacknowledged by the government.

A United Nations report on New Zealand’s compliance with the UN convention against torture in 2009 recommended that the NZ government should take appropriate measures to ensure that allegations of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in the "historic cases" are investigated promptly and impartially, perpetrators duly prosecuted, and the victims accorded redress, including adequate compensation and rehabilitation." This has never occurred.

Phoenix Group, a Wellington group of people who have experienced mental distress are using the publicity surrounding the release of Jim Marbrooks Mental Notes to call on the government to make a formal apology.

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Eileen McAteeBy:
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anne helm, confidential forum, jim marbrook, mental health consumer, mental health consumers, mental notes, psychiatric, te aiotonga

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