Mental Health awareness

Madness Monday

It’s Mental Health awareness week here in the UK from 9-15 October.  So I just wanted to do a short post to ask everyone to take a few minutes to remember our ancestors who were described in the census returns as recently as 1911 as either lunatic, idiot, imbecile or feeble-minded.

I certainly can’t begin to imagine how awful life must have been for my ancestors who found themselves in one of the 19th or even 20th century asylums.

Kent County Lunatic Asylum (now flats) - Credit: llamnudd on Flickr