55B. Wellspring and Lightwood

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Wellspring hospital was established as a key part of the Central community in Beacon in order to provide the health care residents needed from the day the first residents arrived. It had always hosted cutting edge medical technology, coupled with a level of care that enabled all residents to feel they were still loved and valued even if they had broken their leg and were unable to play the sport they loved for a few weeks; or if their heart had failed and they needed to reduce their working duties for a while; or if they had terminal cancer and needed a comfortable place to be looked after in their final days.

Only eight residents had passed away since Beacon was established, and the hospital staff prided themselves on the care they had offered them and the sensitivity of the funerals that had been conducted.

Wellspring was not seen as a place of sickness, but a place where life was encouraged, supported and tended to.

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Lightwood was established as a place of emergency, a secretive thirteenth community away from the shuttle service, accessible only via jeep to those tasked with serving there. It was discovered that not all residents were able to be helped.

Originally it was intended to provide a safe space for those whose mental, emotional or psychological distress was such that integration into regular community life would be a problem, either for their own safety or those of others. Residents would be cared for, given the best medicine and kept busy through a range of tasks and hobbies that served the community. Lush grounds filled with plants and trees and a lake filled with fish were provided along with comfortable furniture and the best entertainment the community had produced.

For the most part, those who were in distress could be treated in Wellspring and returned to the communities. Lightwood was always seen as a last resort.

But definitions of mental, emotional or psychological imbalance vary, even amongst the best psychiatrists. Distress is one aspect, but such problems can manifest in anti-social behaviour. Therefore, it stands to reason that rebellion, uprising or sabotage could hint at something more unsettling underneath. For some residents, partaking in such activities once could lead to a private rebuke and they returned to their normal duties.

Persistent demonstration of such behaviours must indicate a more serious problem. Such individuals needed to be removed from the community and treated appropriately.

Such action is always a last resort, and always for their own good, and the good of others.

For the good of the community.

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