Name of Hospital: Waukesha County Mental Health
City, State/Province, Country: Waukesha, WI, USA
Number of Stars: 1
Comment: Admitted against my will due to contemplating suicide. Police showed up at my door and carted me off.
Despite knowing that all I needed to leave the dark place I was in was to get some sleep, the staff insisted I not be allowed to catch up on sleep. It was winter, and I had moved to Waukesha for school, I was not used to cold. They confiscated my jacket and did not give me the option of a sweater until I had been swapped to “side A” where they kept the low risk patients. On side B, they used me to medicate another patient, instructing me to lie to her so that she would drink medicated tea. It was uncomfortable.
Once on “side A” I was still badgered about sleeping. They checked in on us sleeping about every hour or so and we only had a thin blanket. The showers were cold water only and you had to push in the handle for about 30 seconds of spray. The walls were mostly white and had only sparse decoration, very unstimulating. I felt more irritated and anxious being there than being in school, which had been the trigger of my thoughts.
Entertaining myself was frowned upon, they told me drawing was not acceptable at my age. I was 18 at the time. There were only about 4 channels on the TV we had access to. Side B did not have a TV at all, I should count myself lucky to have been transferred so quickly. Staff did not force me outside for group outdoor time, but they bothered me about it every time despite my saying several times that it was too cold. I did not have shoes either, as they had confiscated those too.
I was only released after my father came to get me. I was charged for my stay despite it being against my will, something I am still outraged by to this day.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Half-Asian, Female