Mental health advocates protest Ohio haunted house

Published: Oct. 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM EDT
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SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Advocates for the mentally ill are asking a popular Ohio haunted house to drop two displays they say unfairly characterize the disease of mental illness.

The Ohio chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness says the disease is a biological brain disorder no different than other physical ailments.

The Sandusky Register reports Friday that the group asked Cedar Point amusement park to drop the displays because they promote false stereotypes.

The displays are titled "Dr. D. Menteds Asylum for the Criminally Insane" and "The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy." Cedar Point spokeswoman Robin Innes said Friday that the attractions are not designed to depict reality.

She says the park does not intend to disrespect the mentally ill, understands the group's viewpoint and will respond to its concerns promptly.