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Releasing a Mentally Ill Woman from Villawood Detention Centre

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This petition is to help release a 33 year old woman suffering from Bipolar Disorder from Villawood Detention Centre. 

This woman migrated to Australia with her family when she was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted as a young teenager. Due to this sexual abuse and pre-existing conditions, she developed a psychotic condition and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 15. There are many medical reports from various mental health units and psychiatrists to confirm this diagnosis. Due to her erratic adherence to medication and lack of ongoing care management, this woman began self-medicating with drugs which has brought on a number of manic episodes that have resulted in arrests and criminal charges against her.

She has been held in detention since 18 May 2015. It is clear that she cannot receive the effective specialist psychiatric care available in the community within this facility. This woman is being treated as a criminal, rather than a woman who suffers from a serious psychiatric condition. She also has two young children who are Australian citizens with whom she shares a very close relationship. As a mother, she should be able to be with her children. Her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March 2015 and passed away a few months later. She has been cut off from her mother, sister, partner and children who are the only family and support network she has.

Please sign this petition to help a woman whose mental illness has been trivialised and treated as insignificant by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for long enough. She is not a criminal, she just needs support and specialist psychiatric care. Signing this petition will make a difference in this woman's life.



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