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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Cards and gifts can help mentally-ill

9th October 2009

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has said relatives of mentally ill people in hospital should think about sending cards or presents to them.

In a poll of 131 patients, more than 50% said they did not receive anything when they were in hospital. Over eight out of 10 said that getting a card would aid their recovery. Dr Peter Byrne, chair of the college's education committee, said: "...there is no greater demonstration of the hidden prejudice against people with mental illness than the bedside lockers. In psychiatric units, there is barely a card or any other reminder that the outside world cares."

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