Netted, drugged, locked away: the damning face of child mental health in SA

Joel Magarey, InDaily, 23 September 2019

South Australian children experiencing mental crises are being tied down under nets, locked up in seclusion at extreme rates and forcibly injected with sedating drugs, prompting warnings youngsters are suffering lasting harm from coercive health-system practices.

An InDaily investigation into the treatment of an estimated 20 children a week “sectioned” by police or paramedics under the Mental Health Act and brought to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital have prompted calls for changes and an inquiry from clinicians, experts and senior State Government office-holders.

Read the full article here: