Date: July 30th 2013
A FORMER Darwin security guard has claimed that Northern Territory mental health care services are failing his mother.
Tiwi resident Paul Vries, 36, is a live-in carer for his 65-year-old mother Mieke Hill, who suffers bipolar disorder and psychosis.
Mr Vries said he had called an ambulance for her three times in the past two weeks after she experienced multiple psychotic episodes.
But he said his mother was repeatedly discharged from hospital after just a few hours with nowhere to go but home and limited in-home support services.
"She throws things around the house, she hears voices in one ear and goes to our neighbours' fences abusing them and accusing them of harming her when they haven't done anything. She screams at them while they have children there,"
Mr Vries said. Mr Vries said he had spent his life caring for his mother, who was diagnosed with mental illnesses at 22.
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