Minister for Corrective Services Bill Johnston, Minister for Child Protection Simone McGurk and Minister for Mental Health Stephen Dawson
Mental Health Unit for Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre
Open a mental health unit where children and young people detained at Banksia Hill can access mental health professionals
Why is this important?
When you first come to the prison, you have nobody. If you have mental health issues, they send you to a locked cell with nothing and you just sit there 23 hours a day and only allowed out once a day. This is not good enough.
Being in a cell trapped with mental health issues is not good, it causes bad thoughts and more trauma. They abuse people if they have mental health issues. They make a joke if you have mental health issues and deal with self harm. You feel lonely and abandoned. They restrain you and make you feel more traumatised.
I would love if they have a mental health unit but you have officer there and mental health professionals. If you tell people stuff in there right now about your mental health, they lock you up in a small room with no social and sit there crying all day. We are treat like animals, we are made to eat our meals without plastic spoons or forks or anything. We are treated worse than dogs.