#AsylumNO Petition hand over

29 Oct

Katie Sutton's Asylum No bannerHere are some practical details so you can join Katie Sutton when she hands over her petition at Thorpe Park’s HQ on Wednesday 30th October 2013. It should be a fun day out, and we should get a great photo!


  • Date: Wednesday 30th October 2013
  • Time: No later than 2pm
  • Meeting place: Staines rail station (south west of London)
  • Aim: For Katie to hand over her #AsylumNO petition to Thorpe Park’s HQ in a fun, light-hearted way, showing there are many different ways to dress up and have scary fun without needing to ridicule or demonise a vulnerable and marginalised group like people with mental health problems.
  • Photo time: 2:45pm sharp for the big photo at the Thorpe Park gate! Then at 3pm a smaller group including Katie will do the official petition hand over at the ticket line
  • Who will be there? Look out for Katie Sutton @caffeinurse who will be holding the #AsylumNO placard above, dressed as a skeleton! There will be a small group of around 10 to 20 people.
  • What to bring:
    • Your biggest smile and sense of fun
    • Placards, bunting and flags from mental health charities
    • Halloween make-up, spare wigs and props for those in need! (Katie is bringing some too)
  • What to wear: Suggested costumes are either:
    • Fun Halloween costumes, such as zombies, witches, black cats, ghosts, ghouls and monsters – but anything that brings scary fun into Halloween without ridiculing and demonising a vulnerable minority like people with mental health problems
    • Your everyday clothes – ie your “mental patient” costume – to show that we really aren’t “scary mental patients”
  • Please note: This is not a protest and there will be no confrontation with Thorpe Park fans. This has been arranged with Thorpe Park in advance, so it’s all above board and should be fun, not stressful.
  • Getting in contact: Please let Katie know if you’re planning to join her. She can be contacted by twitter @caffeinurse, so keep your phone with you! Otherwise, look out for the zombies holding mental health charity placards!Katie Sutton's Asylum No petition


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3 Responses to “#AsylumNO Petition hand over”

  1. Occasionaly depressed 31 October 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    As Oscar Wilde said ‘There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’ I fully commend those who raise awareness of mental health problems as this is the best way to improve the welfare of those who suffer from poor mental health, but I don’t always agree with the particular view taken.

  2. Occasionaly depressed 31 October 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Sorry, didn’t read the article properly! Hope you all have a fun day out, I’ll be with you in spirit!

  3. Jim 1 November 2013 at 9:25 am #

    How many people who get on the ride will develop mental illness in their lives?
    Fairgrounds should be safe: this ride is not safe, because it provides misinformation about health.
    If a roller-coaster malfunctioned and someone fell out and died their would be uproar. How many people will die (by suicide) because they failed to correctly label aspects of their own experience when suffering acute mental illness?

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