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Current ePetitions for the Legislative Assembly



MENTAL HEALTH KARRATHA/PILBARA

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled. We, the undersigned, say

On February 1st 2024, my 21-year-old son took his own life due to deficiencies in mental health care and resources in Karratha. The help received in the last 10 months was unacceptable, insufficient, and resulted in the loss of his life.
There is a high incidence of suicide amongst youth and adults in our community due to inadequate care for all mental illnesses. Karratha needs easy access to reliable, consistent Psychiatry/Psychologists and Paediatrics for all mental health issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar mood disorders, autism etc. The current referral methods and specifically the wait times with locum psychiatric rotations of 6-week intervals are insufficient. We are deemed a city with a $200 million dollar state of the art hospital with no inpatient care for mental illnesses. We have the richest economy of WA with a high rate of suicide that's hidden and inadequate professional help. R U OK isn’t enough. It’s time for the community to be heard. Everyone knows someone with mental health issues. We need easily accessible efficient services, instead of more loss of life.

Now we ask the Legislative Assembly


to provide Karratha/Pilbara with an inpatient/outpatient mental health facility with adequate psychiatric professionals that are based residentially for consistent ongoing care, to give accurate diagnosis, medication, and ongoing support for both youth and adults suffering mental health issues. Mental Health is a priority that needs to be addressed within our community.