Neighbours, friends and family

one Vanderhoofian's take on using the term 'psychiatric patient' in relation to Halloween

Dear Editor,

I was happy to read the glowing reports of Vanderhoof’s annual Pumpkin Walk. Rebecca Watson expressed wanting a scarier theme for adults to enjoy.

For her information, psychiatric patients aren’t scary.

Given that one in five Canadians experience a mental health issue, i.e. are ‘psychiatric patients’, these people she’d like to see in her ‘adult haunted house’ are her neighbours, family members and friends.


Susan Armstrong,

Vanderhoof, BC