Mental Institutions By: Christina salvaryn

What they used to be like.... Patients were abused, only allowed to bathe once a week, had to eat disgusting food and live in extremely unsanitary conditions.
How they are now.... Patients live in much cleaner conditions, aren't abused and the overcrowding problem is not as big of an issue.

Overtime, mental institutions have changed drastically because there is a smaller patient population, the staff is not abusive and there are better living conditions.

A poster from the 1800’s lists many reasons why women were sent to asylums including; “laziness, smallpox, politics, daughter being shot, grief, asthma and being bad company.”
“She grew more hysterical every moment until they pounced upon her and slapped her face and knocked her head in a lively fashion. This made the poor creature cry the more, and so they choked her. Yes, actually choked her. Then they dragged her out to the closet, and I heard her terrified cries hush into smothered ones [...] After several hours' absence she returned to the sitting-room, and I plainly saw the marks of their fingers on her throat for the entire day.”
“Once a week the patients are given a bath, and that is the only time they see soap [...] On bathing day the tub is filled with water, and the patients are washed, one after the other, without a change of water. This is done until the water is really thick, and then it is allowed to run out and the tub is refilled without being washed. The same towels are used on all the women, those with eruptions as well as those without.”


Created with images by Jon Bunting - "asylum" • Skin - ubx - "10 Bernards Asylum" • CAMH Foundation - "Intergenerational Wellness Centre Hallway"

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