The Mental Health Foundation of Australia has been forced to deny a $25 million grant application from the Commonwealth for a new mental health facility after its founder was found to have mental health problems.
The MHCIA was founded in 1988 by Dr Paul Bowers, who was later diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Dr Bowers died in 2001, and the foundation said the application had been denied by the Commonwealth.
“The MHCIE is a non-profit, charitable foundation whose sole purpose is to provide an alternative to the institutionalized system of mental health care for people who suffer from severe mental illness,” the foundation’s chief executive, Kate O’Brien, said in a statement.
“We are hopeful the Foundation can be re-opened to its full potential, with an expanded and improved mental health and support network.” “
Ms O’Briens response was not immediately available. “
We are hopeful the Foundation can be re-opened to its full potential, with an expanded and improved mental health and support network.”
Ms O’Briens response was not immediately available.
It comes after a suicide of a mental health foundation employee in January.
The suicide was revealed when a suicide note was discovered on the desk of the suicide victim.
The note said he had been suffering from depression for years and asked for money to end it.
“It’s not easy being a member of a foundation that supports people suffering from psychological illness, it’s very sad, but that’s life,” Dr Bower said in the suicide note.
“If you want to talk to me, go ahead.
But don’t bother asking me for money.
I’ve got a job.
I don’t have any hope, no hope. “
I have no friends, no family, no friends.
The Foundation is also facing criticism over a letter sent to a number of its members in January, in which it warned of a potential shortage of mental healthcare workers. “
For me it’s just a matter of survival, but for others it’s a matter just of survival.”
The Foundation is also facing criticism over a letter sent to a number of its members in January, in which it warned of a potential shortage of mental healthcare workers.
“When you do have a shortage of qualified staff, then it can be challenging to provide a safe environment to work in,” the letter said.
The letter was sent to all members of the foundation in the weeks before the tragic events at the MHCI, with Dr Bows personal assistant telling the organisation’s board of directors that a shortage in staff was “an acute concern”.
“We’ve been told it’s because of the tragic circumstances that we are having to make some hard decisions to ensure the future health of the staff and patients we serve,” the email reads.
“Unfortunately we are not at this point in time able to make decisions about the staff availability on the MHP, and therefore we need to rely on the medical staff at the facility who have a long and distinguished history of providing compassionate care.”
In a statement to News.au, Ms O`Brien said that the Foundation had never received a request from the state for funding for a mental healthcare facility.
However, she said the Foundation’s work had been supported by a number health professionals, including former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Dr B.S. Cyril Barnett.
She said the foundation had not been involved in any decision-making on the new facility.
Ms O�Brien said the decision was made after consulting with senior staff at MHPIA.
“To date, the Foundation has been in communication with the Governor-General’s department about funding options, and this decision has not been taken lightly,” she said.