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Mental Health Cultures

Mental Health Cultures

“Mental health culture has gone too far, says Mel Stride”. This was the title of an article published in The Telegraph towards the end of March, that certainly generated a fair amount of attention on my Twitter feed, at least.... More…
Mental health services in trouble: a pregnant psychotic patient

Mental health services in trouble: a pregnant psychotic patient

Since the pandemic, I’ve had plenty of contact with psychiatric services as my child has struggled with unstable mental health. So, I went to a new exhibition by a former psychiatric patient with personal as well as academic interest. Entitled... More…
What's worth remembering?

What’s worth remembering?

On the penultimate page of Rob Delaney’s grief memoir, we get a summary of the story so far: Our boy got sick We went to a lot of doctors, trying to find out what was wrong with him. We found... More…
Scales of failure: mental health services and self-harm

Scales of failure: mental health services and self-harm

Reflections on the CVNI conference and the weight of knowledge I was recently at a two-day meeting of lived-experience experts and service user/survivor researchers in mental health. The event, organised by the Critical Voices Network Ireland was energising, exciting, and... More…
Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain – new study

Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain – new study

For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain – namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin. However, our latest research review shows that the evidence... More…
Un-care-able

Un-care-able

Stories of self-harm and the impossibility of care In 1987 renowned psychiatrist Armando Favazza, in his field-defining book on self-injury Bodies Under Siege, declared (with remarkable confidence) that “no one loves self-mutilators” (244). In fairness to Favazza, he makes the... More…
Help-seeking: where’s the help?

Help-seeking: where’s the help?

Please note: This piece contains mentions of self-harm and suicide When I [Veronica] present my work, I often begin with statistics highlighting the disparity between the prevalence of self-harm and rates of help-seeking. It often feels that this disparity communicates... More…
Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

Scandi noir or Nordic utopia? State mental health care in Scandinavia

In the UK, we tend to be horrified at the lack of state mental health care in the US: My biggest hang-up isn’t even the orange nightmare you’ve somehow let into the White House—it’s the fact you seem totally fine... More…
In lockdown with depression

In lockdown with depression

let’s not pass the buck onto families in the aftermath of COVID-19 Commentators are beginning to suggest that in the aftermath of COVID-19, we face a pandemic of mental illness. Countering this call to arms for psychiatry, others have emphasised... More…
A room without books...

A room without books…

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero Reading books is good for our health.  Particularly our mental health.  Alongside improving literacy, knowledge about the world around us, emotional intelligence and providing relaxation, studies suggest... More…
Are cities bad for our mental health?

Are cities bad for our mental health?

Are cities bad for our mental health? The question of cities and mental health was once a key topic for sociologists and psychiatrists. In the 1930s, sociologists Faris and Dunham argued that the prevalence of schizophrenia in Chicago was caused,... More…
Joker

Joker

May Contain Spoilers In the same week as World Mental Health Day (10th October) the blockbuster, from the DC Comics’ Batman series, “Joker” was number one in both the UK and US box offices.  While the various Batman movies, and... More…