Links

Sources of Background Information

The following are links to webpages with information related to historical mental health institutions (mainly for children and adolescents) and issues associated with abuse and/or neglect at certain institutions of this kind.

Merrifield Children's Unit
This Wikipedia entry gives a general overview of Merrifield Children's Unit in Somerset. It was experience of this institution in the 1970s which provided the main 'inspiration' for Delivered Unto Lions.

Tone Vale Hospital
This is the Wikipedia entry for Tone Vale Hospital, Merrifield's 'parent' institution.

Linton House Adolescent Unit
A selection of photographs taken following the closure of Linton House, the adolescent unit at High Royds Hospital near Bradford, Yorkshire. These images are held by a digital archive dedicated to preserving the history of High Royds.

Gwynfa Residential Unit
A page from the North Wales Abuse Uncovered site providing a fairly detailed overview of Gwynfa Residential Unit, a former young people's psychiatric institution in Colwyn Bay. Allegations of abuse and their investigation are also covered here in some detail.

Tone Vale Hospital / Merrifield Unit – derelicte
A webpage from an 'urban exploration' site. This page is specifically dedicated to Tone Vale Hospital and Merrifield Children's Unit in Somerset. Many comments from former child patients are included.

Possible Sources of Support

Given the uncomfortable or distressing issues touched upon in Delivered Unto Lions, some visitors to this website may be in search of support in connection with their own unpleasant childhood experiences. The links below may give some pointers towards finding the right kind of support for you. Unfortunately, private therapy can be very expensive, so it is often a good idea to do your own research and find out if there are any free or low-cost options available in your area. In any case, you may wish to see your own doctor first and be guided by her/his recommendations.

Helpguide
A support resource for those troubled by emotional and psychological trauma, including the long-lasting effects of unresolved childhood experiences.

Human Givens Therapy – Register of Therapists
Searchable UK and Ireland directory for finding a qualified therapist recognised by the Human Givens Institute (HGI). This approach aims to help people overcome anxiety, lack of confidence, resolve the effects of past trauma, etc.

Person-Centred Therapy – Register of Therapists
Searchable UK directory for finding a qualified therapist recognised by the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA). This approach aims to help people build on their own potential and ability to make personally appropriate choices for their own circumstances, etc.

Humanistic Therapy – Register of Therapists
Searchable UK directory for finding a qualified therapist recognised by the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (AHPP). This approach aims to help people gain a sense of wholeness, to be themselves, to heal past and current traumas, etc.

Transactional Analysis – Register of Therapists
Searchable UK directory for finding a qualified therapist recognised by the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA). This approach aims to enable people to change unhelpful repetitive patterns learnt in childhood which limit their lives in the here-and-now. See also the Register of Therapists at the Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA).

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