18 January 2011

The therapist’s couch has replaced the pulpit

A new report on women’s mental health shows that religious groups now talk more about psychology than sinning.

13 April 2010

There is no gay white man’s burden

Do-gooding Westerners will only make things worse for Ugandan homosexuals threatened by oppressive new legislation.

7 September 2009

Blaming the public for social work’s problems

Social workers took a lot of flak after the Baby P case, but a government campaign to recruit more is hypocritical.

28 July 2009

The ever-expanding world of mental illness

Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.

8 July 2009

Suspicion of social workers is healthy

Social workers are trying to improve their image post-Baby P, but the fact is they will always be controversial.

18 May 2009

The workplace is not a playground

The way the term ‘bullying’ has spread from schools to workplaces exposes today’s low view of workers.

3 February 2009

Treating life itself as a mental illness

The latest celebrity-fronted awareness campaign conflates everyday emotional turmoil with serious mental ill-health.

22 January 2009

A right-on guide to imprisoning children

Preventing adults from adopting because they’re too fat or the wrong ethnicity means children will be left in the care system.

18 November 2008

A needle in a haystack

Today’s blanket suspicion of what happens ‘behind closed doors’ makes it harder to spot real cases of abuse.

17 September 2008

Turning growing up into going mad

A new campaign to tackle ‘ignorance’ about mental health issues among the young pathologises being a teenager.