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10 October 10, 2016

World Mental Health Day 2016

10, 10, 16|Events, In the News|0 Comments

Since 1992, October 10th has seen thousands of supporters celebrate World Mental Health Day. Started by the World Federation for Mental Health, this year's theme is 'Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid [...]

01 January 3, 2014

State Hospital Patient Tell of Life on the Inside, 1962

01, 03, 14|In the News|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from an article published in the Oregon Statesman newspaper on August 19, 1962.  In it a woman, identified as Mary is quoted describing her experiences at the Oregon State Hospital. Although Mary praised the doctor at the hospital and the later care she received, she considered her first two weeks in the hospital “a very degrading experience.” Her chief complaint involved the fact that “I was not respected as an adult.  I was treated as a raving maniac for the first two weeks.” […]

09 September 20, 2013

Studio 360 Amercian Icons Program on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

09, 20, 13|In the News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Premiering this weekend on Studio 360 stations this weekend. You can check for a station and broadcast time in your area here.

06 June 24, 2013

Eugene Register-Guard Feature

06, 24, 13|In the News|0 Comments

BY MARK BAKER The Register-Guard PUBLISHED: 12:00 A.M., JUNE 23 SALEM — They called them “lunatics” and “idiots” and, of course, in a famous book and Oscar-winning film both created right here in Oregon, people [...]

06 June 3, 2013

Dr. Brooks Tribute in New York Times

06, 03, 13|Announcements, In the News|0 Comments

This is the New York Times article announcing the death of Dr. Dean K. Brooks, former superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital and great friend of the OSH Museum.  Original article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/arts/dean-brooks-cuckoos-nest-doctor-dies-at-96.html?_r=0. Dean Brooks, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ Doctor, Dies at 96 MGM, via Photofest Dr. Dean Brooks, left, and Jack Nicholson in a scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” By MARGALIT FOX Published: May 31, 2013 Dr. Dean Brooks, the superintendent of the Oregon psychiatric hospital where the Oscar-winning picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shot — and who had a small, well-received on-screen role as the fictional hospital’s superintendent — died on Thursday at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 96. His daughter Dennie Brooks confirmed the death. The superintendent of Oregon State Hospital in Salem from 1955 to 1981, Dr. Brooks was known in his field as an innovator. His approach, unusual for its day, included letting patients wear their own clothes rather than hospital uniforms and taking them on therapeutic trips into the wilderness. Dr. Brooks became known to a wide public in the mid-1970s, after he agreed to let the director Milos Forman film “Cuckoo’s Nest” on location at the hospital, a Victorian behemoth that opened in 1883. In the movie, released in 1975 and based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, Dr. Brooks portrayed Dr. Spivey, the well-meaning but weak-willed psychiatrist who directs the mental hospital in which the dystopian drama unfolds. […]