Gormley’s Asylum And Gogarty’s Green Reich

Here’s an extract from the Green Party policy document on Human Rights & Mental Health (the full text is on the Green Party web site here).

We regard this Government’s plans to re-locate the Central Mental Hospital to a site alongside the planned Thornton Prison as being totally unacceptable. Such a move will accentuate the stigma and isolation/social exclusion of the mentally ill.

There’s much to admire in that document, including sensible warnings about a crass and improperly thought out policy of unsupported “care in the community” as well as the genuine concerns regarding the stigmatisation and marginilisation of those with serious mental health problems as in the example above. Continue reading