Photo: Erica Williams says compulsory treatment orders saved her life. (ABC News: James Bennett) Erica Williams, 22, thinks she would be dead if authorities had not had the power to keep her in treatment last year. Psychiatric patients are being discharged from hospital with nowhere else to go due to bed shortages, royal commission told In some parts of Melbourne the number of acute mental health beds available is half the OECD average Victoria’s chief psychiatrist said there was pressure to move patients through the system before they’re ready to be discharged "If I didn’t have compulsory treatment I think I would have committed suicide," Ms Williams told the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System on Monday. "I absconded from [treatment facility] Orygen four times. "Each time I was leaving with the intent to commit suicide." Ms Williams testified that fearing for her safety, her doctor would sometimes […]