Name of Hospital: Arbour-Fuller Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: South Attleboro, MA, USA
Number of Stars: 1
Comment: Entire experience was horrific. My birth name was displayed on a large board at the front of the hall. I was strip searched upon entering. They insisted on watching me while showering or using the bathroom and I was put on extended suicide watch for literally no reason (I was following every rule to the letter and going above and beyond to prove I was “fine” because I wanted out. The entire staff was rude and horrible with pronouns and identity. Myself and others were denied medications and threatened when medications were asked for.
The entire place was freezing cold and some people had no socks. Staff told me horror stories about other patients to scare me. Multiple horror movies were shown in shared space regardless of whether or not people found it triggering. The food was beyond disgusting. I had to lie my way out of there because I was told by staff that I could be kept 6 months if I disobeyed them. An old teacher of mine’s husband quit his job there after hearing doctors talk about how suffering was a good thing for patients.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Trans, bisexual.