Mother’s Pain and Systemic Flaws Highlighted in New Zealand Mental Health Care Tragedy

Hamilton, New Zealand —The tragic death of Joe Carter, a 35-year-old man under compulsory psychiatric care, has prompted criticism and concern over gaps in mental health services, despite recent review findings. Carter died after taking an unsupervised walk from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre at Waikato Hospital in August 2019, a day before his scheduled discharge. Jenny Redwood, Carter’s mother, collected her son’s belongings soon after his death, which were meagerly stuffed into a black …

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Former TV Actor Orpheus Pledger Pleads Guilty to Violent Assault Amid Struggles with Mental Health and Systemic Delays

Melbourne, Australia — Orpheus Pledger, formerly known for his role on the television series “Home and Away,” has admitted to a violent assualt on a woman in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, a court hearing revealed. The 31-year-old actor appeared via video link from custody during Monday’s proceedings in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The incident occurred in the early hours of March 25, when the victim, who must remain unnamed for legal reasons, contacted emergency services for …

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