Quarterly Essay 85: Not Waving, Drowning

Sarah Krasnostein

Quarterly Essay 85: Not Waving, Drowning
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Quarterly Essay 85: Not Waving, Drowning

Sarah Krasnostein

Around one-fifth of Australians will suffer from mental illness in any given year. And the pandemic is making things worse, especially in schools. Our mental health system is under stress and not fit for purpose. What is to be done?

In this brilliant mix of portraiture and analysis, Sarah Krasnostein tells the stories of three women and their treatment by the state while at their most unwell. What do their experiences tell us about the likelihood of institutional and cultural change?

Krasnostein argues that we live in a society that often punishes vulnerability, but shows we have the resources to mend a broken system. But do we have the will to do so, or must the patterns of the past persist into the future?

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