We have listened to the feedback and respect the opinions of everyone who has been in touch. However, these comments are not universally representative either of many of our guests who have given us very positive feedback, or of others working within the mental health sector.
The maze is not something you happen upon when out shopping. It is set within a single closed environment and is a very small element of an event aimed at adult visitors - all of whom chose to visit, and have paid for entry to the overall event.
This maze is also in its eighth year of operation and is an obviously extreme and simulated experience which draws on classic horror film content. It is not intended, nor is it deemed to be by those who have actually experienced it, to be in any way offensive or to be a realistic portrayal of mental health or indeed any other institution.
A theme park has created a treatment plan for people with a fear of rollercoasters. Thorpe Park in Surrey said the move followed a spate of panic attacks and an increase in the numbers of people seen sweating and hyperventilating after going on a new ride.
The treatment plan will use a range of psychological tools and techniques that have been adapted from those used on the Virgin Atlantic ‘Flying Without Fear’ Course.
The course has helped over 25,000 people, including actress Whoopi Goldberg, socialite Jemima Khan and Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton, overcome their fear of flying.