Citizens Committee on Human Rights

The Mental Health Watchdog

Australian National Office

Alone in a Living Hell

Joel Magarey, The Australian, 26 July 2013Teenager Sitting Alone in Dark RoomJulie Dempsey has been to a place from which some have never returned.

Governments call it “seclusion”, though this may conjure a misleading flavour of a restful holiday getaway.

Dempsey experienced seclusion several times while on psychiatric wards, when the delusions of her mental illness made her fear “dissection” at the hand of “aliens” – the nurses – prompting her, naturally, to attempt to leave.

At this point, a group of nurses and sometimes security staff would appear and grab her, carry her into a small bare cell, force her on a mattress on her stomach, strip her, put her into pyjamas and forcibly sedate her with injections in her buttock.

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