'Radio hosts deserve our support'
There was nothing wrong with Mel Grieg and Michael Christian's 2DayFM prank and the radio hosts should be given support, says Chairman of beyondblue, Jeff Kennett. Lifeline: 13 11 14.PT2M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2b2nf 620 349 December 8, 2012
MENTAL health experts are deeply worried about the radio presenters at the centre of the royal prank call controversy, urging the public not to blame them for the suspected suicide of the nurse who took the call.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian, of Sydney's 2Day FM had to close their Twitter accounts on Saturday after social media users accused them of having ''blood on their hands''.
But a leading psychiatrist and former Australian of the Year, Patrick McGorry called for calm, saying suicide was a complex issue that was unlikely to be caused by one individual factor. ''Blame is hardly ever useful,'' he said. ''Most people are in a state of mental ill health leading up to when they kill themselves, and it would have needed more than just that trigger to actually bring that about.
''You could say that a stressful life event like this was a contributory cause, and maybe she wouldn't have killed herself at this point in time without that having happened, but it was likely that there were some other actors going on too.''
Frank Quinlan, of the Mental Health Council of Australia, said targeting the radio presenters could make things worse.
■For help or information, call Suicide Helpline Victoria on 1300 651 251 or Lifeline on 131 114, or visit beyondblue.org.au