The Chief Ombudsman has labelled the living situation of autistic man Ashley Peacock as cruel, inhuman or degrading, prompting fresh calls for him to be removed from near-permanent seclusion.Ashley…
Shoulders slumped and eyes glazed, Ashley Peacock plodded slowly down the empty road, his rhythmic steps tracing the same short route he followed almost every day. Next to him walked his father, Dave…
Ashley and Josh live with complex needs, yet their lives are very different. Both their families want what’s best for them; to keep them and those around them safe. Josh lives in residential care in the community. But Ashley is in a secure mental health facility and his parents want him out. *Editors note – Message received from Debbie Chin, CEO of Capital & Coasts DHB, regarding Ashley’s treatment:* *As previously stated, your request has been carefully considered.
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Mental health services are supposed to avoid locking patients up in isolation – also known as seclusion. But it still happens.
The Green Party is calling on the Minister of Health to give an immediate Ministerial Directive to the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) to free an autistic man who has been locked in a cell-like room for five years.
Two years ago, Emma was placed in a psychiatric ward and forced to have seven rounds of electroconvulsive therapy.