“There are two guys on the floor that resent Brett,”
“Who are they?”
“Simon Piper and Matthew Richards,” answered Rick.
“Why do they resent Bret?”
“They resent him because they can’t control him. He is not intimidated by them and he won’t play their game,” Rick explained.
“What’s their game?”
“Controlling the others residents in the facility. Simon is the leader and Matthew is just his follower. I think that Matthew felt he would be a lot safer if he became a friend to Simon,” added Rick. “Of course, there is a price to pay for being Simon’s friend. If you’re his friend you must never criticize or question him and you must always do what he says.”
“In other words surrender your individuality to Simon.”
“For the most part, yes,” answered Rick. You see a mental health treatment facility is much like a prison in some ways. The residents often feel like inmates. Our counselors and residential care workers often function like guards in a penal institution. They regulate the schedules and lives of their clients for the most part.
There are set times for several of the resident daily agendas. Meals are always at the same time, medications are given out at a certain time. There are set times for life skills classes and recreation periods. And we can’t forget curfews.”