Mental health
Mental health

Mental health

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.

22 May 2008

A cruel and unusual ban

The smoking ban in psychiatric institutions means their patients are the only people in Britain forbidden from smoking ‘in their own homes’.

19 May 2008

Blurring the line between ‘normal’ and ‘disabled’

A charity despairs at public ignorance about people with learning problems. Yet it’s the constant redefinition of disability that sows confusion.

27 March 2008

This war against anger makes me see red

The powers-that-be promote happiness and demonise anger because they prefer us to be little lambs rather than assertive firebrands.

10 October 2007

The (in)capacity to trust

The Mental Capacity Act replaces the freedom of doctors and carers to decide what's best for a patient with the clunking fist of legal decision-making.

3 April 2007

Multiculturalism: bad for your mental health?

Today's emphasis on 'cultural difference' is one reason why black people get unequal treatment in the mental health sphere.

26 February 2007

Oliver James' new book: it could f*** you up

In Affluenza, the clinical psychologist argues that money is driving us insane. In fact, he's the one who seems a few cents short of a dollar.

22 February 2007

Lighten up, and let the patients light up

Banning smoking in psychiatric institutions - where patients can't just step outside for a fag - is madness.

6 December 2006

Scare in the community

Alarming-sounding reports on homicides by mental patients are being used by the UK government to justify draconian new laws.

19 October 2006

Politics as therapy

You don't have to be mad to work for New Labour, but it helps.