Tag Archives: Asylum

Some people find psychiatry helpful… and that’s OK

I grew up very close to a Victorian asylum. It began to close in the late 1980s, when I was in my teens, but even as a child I was aware that some of the people I saw wandering the … Continue reading

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This is what a mental patient looks like

Yesterday I spent a while with a group of service users and their supporters hanging around the gates of Thorpe Park. Only Katie Sutton, initiator of the online petition “Thorpe Park – close down the stigma”, was allowed on the … Continue reading

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#AsylumNO, the response: what do you think?

Dear Charlotte Firstly, can I thank you for the time that you’ve taken in contacting us either via twitter, guest services or the press office.  We haven’t been ignoring you but as the Divisional Director here at Thorpe Park, I … Continue reading

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#AsylumNO – a message from the 1:4 people with a mental health condition

UPDATE – email to Nick Varney, CEO Merlin Entertainment Dear Nick   It’s never my habit to go “straight to the top” – I believe in taking comments and complaints up through the chain of command.   But having been either … Continue reading

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Dear Thorpe Park: re shockingly insensitive “Asylum” event

Dear Guest Services, I understand that you plan to plan to run a Fright NIght event entitled “The Asylum.” Your website promises “a chaotic environment of noise, light and like action” where guests must “watch [their] back as [they] encounter … Continue reading

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