Suicidal young man turned away by hospital takes his own life


Originally posted on The Source News:

EMMA McCLUNEY

Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Christopher Ball takes his own life less than two weeks after being refused admission into hospital. Photo: Facebook

The mother of a 21-year-old man who took his own life said he was turned away by Redland Hospital because he was “attention-seeking”.

Christopher Ball’s heartbroken mother Kerrie Keepa had rushed her son to the emergency department after an attempted suicide.

She cannot understand the hospital’s lack of concern and said her son’s death could have been prevented.

“I took him to where I thought I could get help and was turned away,” she said.

“He’s gone forever – they can’t fix that. [Christopher] was really badly depressed, so much so that his friend and I were a tag-team 24-hours a day. He wasn’t ever left alone.”

After being prescribed various anti-depressants by the local GP, Christopher lost his battle with depression on September 14.

Ms Keepa blames the Redland Hospital for his death.

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Applause in Edinburgh as Cameron slanders the poor.


Originally posted on Social Action:

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,022
Sunday 08 March 2015. Applause in Edinburgh as Cameron slanders the poor.
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Dear Mr cluck cluck, meaningless sound-bite, Cameron,
I couldn’t help but notice at your little soirée with the party air heads in Edinburgh that one of your main election planks will be your baseless, fact free, sound bite, slandering of the poor.
How was your stay in Edinburgh by the way, did everything meet your ill informed standards of entitlement?
I notice that…

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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do


Originally posted on Quartz:

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost opportunities. For example:

People misunderstand the past and imagine a dystopian…

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Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia


Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia.

via Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions: Widodo – Channel NewsAsia.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country’s stance is “clear” on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia’s prime minister that he is “carefully considering” his position.

 

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country’s stance is “clear” on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia’s prime minister that he is “carefully considering” his position.

The executions by firing squad of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug smuggling gang, are believed to be imminent.

Their appeals for presidential clemency, typically the final chance of avoiding death, were recently rejected by Widodo, and a court this week dismissed a bid to challenge that decision.

Ideal You vs Authentic You


Originally posted on Café Sanctuary:

“An abuser needs to see you as his dream woman, an extension of himself—so the real, spontaneous, separate you becomes the enemy.” ~ Patricia Evans, from her book, “Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You”

Initially, my abuser put me on a pedestal, insisting that he thought I was “perfect”. Because I had very low self-esteem, it sounded like music to my ears. I had finally found a man who didn’t see my flaws. He praised me to high heaven. He told me everything I wanted to hear. He told me he loved me and called me adorable pet names. He listened to me for hours, making himself totally indispensable. Whatever need I had, he made it a point to show me that he was the one to fulfill it.

Further into the relationship, when he had me where he wanted…

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