Trevor Cologne “You are not at risk”

Trevor Cologne
Trevor Cologne

It is some years ago that I was introduced to Trevor, he seemed a very happy, confident and decent person.  Obviously he hit some bad times more recently and things got so bad for him that he started slashing his wrists to enable him to get into a mental institution for help.  However the “sympathetic” doctors and nurses just took the easy option and fixed the gaping wounds and sent him on his way.

Now I don’t know if you have ever been into a mental institution.  I visited someone in one some years ago and it was not a place anyone would consider staying in unless they were extremely down in their mental state.  Now if I, as a lay person can state this, then why, why, why could the trained professionals at the  hospital in Adelaide not see that this man was ill, not just physically harmed but depressed to the extreme.

This should be a country that looks after its people, not let them die for the sake of a bit of help and a few dollars of medical fees.   Some argue against euthanasia, yet a man who wanted to live and tried to seek help was allowed to die.  If a person begging for help cant be given it, then this has turned into a country of extreme indifference to another persons plight.

Trevor, according to news reports was allowed to see a psychiatrist only once every three weeks.  Why was this?  If someone needs help, surely in this country we can let them talk to a professional as often as needed.

They go on to say he saw not one but  four doctors on one visit, four qualified people who might have saved this mans life, did not.  In my opinion doctors who have taken the Hippocratic oath to try and save life, failed miserably on this occasion.  If I employed a gardener and he did not see that my prized plant needed help and he let it die I would fire him on the spot.  These people however, will not be sacked.  They will keep their extremely high salaries and will carry on saying they have taken an oath to try and save peoples lives.  Well if this is saving people, then doctor, please don’t save me.

The people of Adelaide demand a coronial inquiry into why this man was not given adequate help when he so desperately pleaded for it.  They say that he “was not at risk”.  Mr Cologne was a very intelligent man and if he said to a doctor I feel I need to be in a mental institution then he should have been admitted and then assessed, not just told you are not at risk.  The man is now dead and they  offered  him the words “you are not at risk”.  If anyone would like to add a comment about Trevor then please do.

29/11/2011.                  Has anyone got any updated information on this article? They would be most welcome.

For support and information about depression, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or SANE helpline on 1800 187 263.