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Daughter s death led to damning review
Daughter's death led to damning review

The tragic and untimely death of Geoff Diver's teenage daughter Ruby was a catalyst for the investigation of WA's mental health services.

In March last year, _The West Australian _ revealed how Ruby Nicholls-Diver, 18, took her life hours after she was discharged from a secure psychiatric unit.

Mr Diver believes his daughter may not have died if staff at Fremantle Hospital's Alma Street Centre had not discharged her the day after she attempted suicide.

The grieving father's story prompted other families to come forward with similar accounts.

Mr Diver said yesterday Professor Bryant Stokes' highly critical review gave some answers on why people were being failed by WA's mental health services.

Mr Diver said it was outrageous that 63 per cent of mental health patients did not have a proper risk assessment.

He said the fact that 15 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women who committed suicide died the same day they were discharged from a mental health hospital showed the need for better risk assessments and accommodation.

"These are people who can barely cope," he said.

"That's why they were in hospital. An appointment within seven days is just not good enough."

Ms Nicholls-Diver, who had a borderline personality disorder, was discharged from the hospital despite her protestations that she was unwell and that her father was away in Victoria.