New York Times Investigates Mental Health of Children on Nauru

The New York Times has reported on the mental health of children on Nauru.

The situation in the Nauru detention center has reached a “crisis point,” George Newhouse, the principal lawyer for the National Justice Project, said in a phone interview.

Mr. Newhouse said that inpatient mental health care for children detained on Nauru was nonexistent.

“These children live in hopelessness and despair, and we’ve observed that it’s getting worse,” he said. “We are alarmed at the number of children who are imminently at risk of harm or death.”

Some children have been on the island for nearly five years, he added.

“It’s just a matter of time before someone dies or is seriously injured,” he said. “If that happens, Australia is responsible.”