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Anti-stigma campaigns in mental health: what gets left out?

Anti-stigma campaigns in mental health: what gets left out?

Over the past two decades, stigma for people with mental health problems has become an increasing concern for researchers, practitioners, service users and politicians. This has led to several international government funded campaigns to increase public awareness of the realities... More…
Atalanta the Greek Amazon: revisioning gender equality in STEMM

Atalanta the Greek Amazon: revisioning gender equality in STEMM

In a previous blog in 2015, commenting on the film ‘Suffragette’, I compared the situation for women in science depicted in the film with modern times. One of the main characters, Edith, was a qualified pharmacist but had been denied... More…
Doctors as border police: what happened to ‘first, do no harm’?

Doctors as border police: what happened to ‘first, do no harm’?

Building trust and acting in the patient’s best interests are guiding principles of medical practice. This is especially true when caring for vulnerable and marginalised people, such as undocumented migrants. They often delay going to the doctor and find it... More…
The Fragility of the Enterprise

The Fragility of the Enterprise

I’m at a medium-sized conference, one I’ve attended several times before and I am in a deep depression*. An anthropologist I don’t know is looking at me, intently. She has just told me that she’s especially interested in what I... More…
Promoting health without promoting stigma?

Promoting health without promoting stigma?

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is again under fire for its campaigning on obesity.  There was a lot wrong with their most recent posters, which equated obesity with smoking as a cause of cancer.  The debates that followed highlighted the vital... More…
On the buses...

On the buses…

Last week, Boris Johnson’s claims about making model buses in his spare time, were met with some incredulity. It was widely reported, and the general reaction seemed to be it was yet another bizarre interview, with commentators arguing it once... More…
Leadership Blues

Leadership Blues

As Britain descends further into the dystopian nightmare that Brexit has become, the latest instalment of our journey from serious country to sick joke is the Tory leadership contest.  That a country, that considers itself a democracy, can choose a... More…
Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

Colour-blindness in Sweden: Revealing the veiled truth

“Our fight against right populism is needed in Europe” The quote above was the campaign slogan of the Center Party (Centerpartiet) in Sweden during the recent EU election, which clearly positioned the party as having an anti-right populist political stance at... More…
Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Simple Solutions for Complex Lives

Magical thinking and multiple, complex needs in the UK In the UK at present, we appear to have an epidemic of magical thinking about the lives of the unhoused victims of universal credit (UC), the ‘20%’ with multiple and complex... More…
Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Her bloody project – managing menstruation at work*

Recent legislative limitations placed on women’s rights to abortion in the US, similar to those in Northern Ireland, are a timely reminder of how certain aspects of society hate and want to control women, and the ways in which that... More…
The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where... More…
We’ve Been Here Before…..

We’ve Been Here Before…..

Last week’s post by Lesley Henderson on the contemporary anti-vaccination movement’s use of social media, Charlie Davison takes a look at the history of the battle between Public Health and the ‘Anti-Vaxxers’, and finds that things haven’t changed much in over... More…