A State Government report (I hope that link stays viable) "says the mental health system is failing 800 mentally-ill South Australians." It outlines 41 recommendations including "a plan to cut acute care beds to fund early intervention programs."
These people are fuckers.
If there are 800 people already being failed by by the system, they are already ill. Early intervention will not help them. The people helped by early intervention are the people becoming ill now, and the people that will become ill in the future.
Taking acute care beds away from a system that is already struggling KILLS PEOPLE.
I knew a girl who died while waiting for an acute care bed.
I knew a guy who spent three days sitting on a chair in the waiting room of an emergency department - and only got a bed when he attempted to commit suicide in front of the desk.
I knew a guy who was released from hospital after several hours due to lack of beds and proceeded to kill himself that night.
I once rang the Acute Crisis Intervention Service, trying to get admitted to hospital because every time I left the house I had an overwhelming urge to throw myself in front of the traffic, and it frightened the shit out of me.
Their answer? "There are no beds. Just don't leave the house."
The mental health system needs more money - not just a money shuffle.