I was there for 7 years in the '70's and I hated every single day of my life! 5 times i tried committing suicide while i was there because of it. I tried escaping multiple times and finally succeeded when they took us to the movies one night. Many times did I witness abuse by the staff and other residents. I even watched on 16yr old boy kicked to death by the staff. That was covered up by the state with the claim that he died of a cardiac arrest.. I didn't need psychiatric help when my mother first put me there, but I HAVE needed it ever since!