Following widespread criticism of The Asylum escape game on social media, Time to Change Leeds campaigners including Leeds City Council, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust, and Leeds Mind, met with the company behind it, Great Escape. As a result of this, the company has confirmed that it will be dropping the name 'The Asylum' from it's latest escape game. It has also confirmed that all its marketing under this name has been stopped and it is in the process of developing the game to ensure that it has no connection to mental health.
Welcoming the move, Sue Baker, director for Time to Change, said:
“We fully back our Time to Change colleagues in Leeds for making the Great Escape Game aware of how unacceptable it is to use mental health problems as an entertainment gimmick. Perpetuating outdated, negative stereotypes is harmful – making it harder for people to speak out and get support. We’re pleased that widespread concerns appear to have been taken on board and thank the company for listening and changing their product.