Mental health museum opens in Salem

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 1:01 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and an Oscar-winning actress officially opened the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health.

Actress Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratchet in the 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," attended the event Saturday in Salem.

The Statesman Journal (http://is.gd/0YD5PA) reports the museum tells the story of Oregon State Hospital and Oregon mental health treatment.

That includes chilling aspects of its history, such as lobotomies, but also other treatments ranging from medications and shock therapy to hydrotherapy.

The museum includes a section on Fletcher's film, which was shot at the hospital.

Hospital superintendent Greg Roberts says learning about mental health treatment history is crucial to moving away from the stigma that traditionally has been attached to mental health issues.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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