Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital

Name of Hospital: Yale New Haven Pyschiatric Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: New Haven, CT, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Nightmare hellscape. Awful beyond belief. I’ve been on a few other wards, but in a different state and thought it might be a regional thing, but fellow patients who’d been to other CT wards agreed with me that this one is exceptionally awful. It’s unhygienic (there was a literal fruit fly infestation), the acoustics mean it’s loud and echoey at all times. The patients range from those who probably require long-term residential care to people who probably just need to be in a ward for a night or two. There’s nothing to do unless you’re cleared for safety, and even then only on weekdays (they basically close on weekends as far as staff are concerned). Mostly you just sit around waiting to get out, bored out of your mind except when it gets scary. No access to your own phone and the ward only has two, which tend to get hogged. After the first day I didn’t even bother trying to call my family or friends.

The garments they give if you have no approved clothes are humiliating, not proper scrubs. Bedrooms range from 2-4+ people, grouped by sex (probably casab*, but I’m not sure). I got a bruise from a bad blood draw that looked like a very recent self-harm mark and none of the staff noticed it. Visiting hours are all-day, mostly because there aren’t really any groups to miss. Is on a strict stabilization/medical model; I was told that recovery wasn’t something appropriate to be thinking about while inpatient. The only good thing is the food, they’ll make whatever you want more or less whenever you want it and it’s delicious. People who need ECT may like it as well as the patients who needed that said the person they have who provides it is really good.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations i.e. race/gender/sexuality that could have influenced your stay?: white, male, gay, non-Christian. many patients were homophobic

*mod note: casab = coercively assigned sex at birth

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