‘Lethal hopelessness’: Asylum seeker’s death prompts calls for mental health support

An Iranian man who sparked nationwide outcry during his 44-day hunger strike last year has become the latest in a number of refugee and asylum seeker suicides in Australia this year. Saeed Hassanloo started his hunger strike at a West Australian detention centre when he was told his claim for refugee status had been rejected after more than four years in detention. He was admitted to Royal Perth Hospital in March last year but broke his month-long hunger strike after supporters gathered outside the hospital and held a candlelight vigil for him. If you or someone you know needs help,…
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