UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

30 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

30 September 2013
0

LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

29 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

29 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

28 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

27 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

UK stores apologize for ‘mental patient’ costumes

27 September 2013
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LONDON – Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues. Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as “mental patient fancy dress costume.” ?Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was “breathtakingly insensitive” and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Asda, which is owned by U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart,...

Money for town with anti-discrimination ordinance

25 September 2013
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VICCO, Ky. – Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it’s basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its prime. Out-of-towners occasionally venture well off the interstate to make the trek to Vicco, a fading coal town of about 330 residents where an aging row of buildings lines one side of the block-long downtown. Railroad tracks run along the other side, though trains rarely pass by anymore. ...

Children with autism practice travel at airport

24 September 2013
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NEW YORK – Tom and Zsuzsa Price arrived Saturday to Kennedy International Airport, their four young children in tow, full of anxiety. Four-year-old Callum has autism and the whole family had never been on a plane together. They checked in, went through airport security and boarded JetBlue Flight 001, with sandy-haired Callum at times whimpering, yelling and fidgeting. This time, though, it was just practice. JetBlue Airways and the nonprofit Autism Speaks set up an air travel practice session for families who have children with the disorder. JetBlue officials said it...

Rising Alzheimer’s creates strain on caregivers

24 September 2013
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WASHINGTON – David Hilfiker knows what’s coming. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so early that he’s had time to tell his family what he wants to happen once forgetfulness turns incapacitating. “When it’s time to put me in an institution, don’t have me at home and destroy your own life,” said the retired physician, who is still well enough that he blogs about the insidious progress of the disease. “Watching the Lights Go Out,” it’s titled. Nearly half of all seniors who need some form of long-term care – from...

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