Qld mum hurt four times by suicide, given mental health role

A BRISBANE mother who has lost four family members to suicide will have an ongoing role in a review of Queensland's mental health treatment.

Kerrie Keepa, whose son Chris took his own life, is campaigning to improve mental health care.
Kerrie Keepa, whose son Chris took his own life, is campaigning to improve mental health care.

Kerrie Keepa met with Health Minister Cameron Dick on Tuesday to call for an urgent upgrade in training for hospital accident and emergency staff.

"I'm really pleased that Minister Dick is listening and that he's agreed to make training in hospitals on suicidal people a priority. It's a first step. I feel like there's some justice for my son's death finally," she said.

"I honestly do appreciate that emergency departments in hospitals are resource and time poor. But the staff need to receive specialised training and support on how to recognise and respond to 'at risk' patients of suicide if we are to reduce the loss of precious lives."

She said she received a favourable hearing for her request for training for emergency department staff from Mr Dick, who on Saturday announced a three-month review of Queensland's Mental Health Act.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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