Late yesterday evening, Angela posted a video on Facebook in which she described an attempt she and Rupert had made to visit Jake Clarke in hospital. Jake was hospitalised last week under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act, and Angela and Rupert were outraged to discover that they had been placed at the top of a list of people barred from visiting him.
Angela’s ego is bruised, and so she is now trying to encourage the public to “hammer” the mental health unit where Jake is under treatment. Never mind that this will interfere with the treatment of dozens of other patients, or that it will likely further upset and confuse Jake—this is all about Angie’s needs, and no one else’s.
Shortly afterward, Angela posted this video, in which she continues attempting to groom and massage Jake, actually praising him for resisting the mental health care he so obviously needs:
Clearly, Angela can feel her grip on her young victim slipping away, and she uses this phone contact to reinforce his ‘bravery’ and ‘honesty’ in continuing to cling to his delusions.
She claims, “I’ve never met a more sane or inspiring 27-year-old”: hardly a healthy message for someone who was sectioned, according to some of his friends, for planning or attempting child endangerment. As we understand it, one aspect of regaining mental health is understanding the consequences of one’s actions, and coming to grips with the fact that what one does can have profound effects on others. Telling a person in this situation that their behaviour was perfectly fine, “sane”, and “inspiring” could conceivably do a great deal of damage to that process.
Jake describes trying to tell those in the hospital about the “Hampstead cover-up”, saying, “It’s…it’s just embarrassing!” Angela interjects with, “No, no…throw out the embarrassment!” and then reinforces the idea that Jake shouldn’t trust the mental health workers who are attempting to help him recover. He fumbles a bit, and then says he didn’t mean he was embarrassed, but that he was embarrassed for the people who didn’t believe his story.
Angela pours on the praise, in the full knowledge that this vulnerable young man is highly susceptible to others’ approval: “No shame…no, no…No being seduced into ‘yes, yes, well maybe I’m a little bit…’ you know, no. You’re our hero, and we’ve got your back, and we’re not resting till you’re out of there, and I’d like you out of there tomorrow”.
In our opinion, Angela should not only be at the top of the list of those banned from visiting Jake, but she should be banned from speaking to him on the phone as well. Angela has only one person’s well-being at heart, and that is her own.