Thomas Ritchie (psychiatric survivor)

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Thomas Ritchie (born about 1928 – ????) [1] was a psychiatric survivor who founded the Scottish Union of Mental Patients whilst a state patient incarcerated in Hartwood Hospital in 1971. [2] :38

The Scottish Union of Mental Patients was an organisation first established by mental patients at Hartwood Hospital in July 1971. 27 patients signed a petition to "redress of grievances and better conditions" at the hospital. This was the first Mental Patients Union to be formed in the UK and predated the Mental Patients' Union founded in London in 1973. It was founded by Thomas Ritchie, and Robin Farquharson was also a participant. Unlike many other examples of anti-psychiatry SUMP was based on a sense of solidarity amongst a small group of patients detained in locked wards.

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  1. "Survivor History Newsletter". Survivors History Group. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  2. Gallacher, Mark. "From mental patient to service user: deinstitutionalisation and the emergence of the Mental Health Service User Movement in Scotland, 1971-2006" (PDF). Glasgow University. Retrieved 26 July 2017.