Methods of treatment in the history of mental illness have generally been quite controversial, and some of these were carried out at St Audry’s, for example Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). George Simmons, a former charge nurse at St Audry’s, recalls that ECT often saved determined suicides and that this was a better method of treatment than constant sedation. In the 19th century, Kirkman states in a report that: “Drugs are of course necessary in some cases, but moral treatment is essential to all, and this is obtained chiefly by means of employment, amusement, pleasing associations and cheerful surroundings which act as medicine to the diseased mind.” Occupational therapy and rest and relaxation were equally important in battling mental illness, which you can read about on the next page.