The Prime Minister wants to use the last weeks of her premiership to tackle children’s mental health. Can she avoid the mistakes of the past? Trish Joscelyne offers some advice. […]
Don’t turn Britain’s schools into mental health centres
Jennie Bristow argues that government plans for ‘Mental Health First Aid’ risk pathologising ordinary childhood while doing little for those with more serious difficulties Britain’s schools are changing: not just in terms of […]
Podcast: Shit happens and it drives us crazy
Anne Cooke, Rachel Terry and John McGowan discuss whether there is a viable alternative to psychiatric diagnosis. The beginning of February saw the launch of an ambitious document aiming to offer a […]
I’ve been waiting for this since I was a child
Guest blogger Nell Butler on the recently launched ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’ In 2000 I made a short documentary about being in state care as a child. The response from […]
Podcast: Zero Suicide (an idea whose time has not, and should not, come)
This week John McGowan discusses whether trying to eliminate suicide entirely is a possibility or even a helpful aim. This week’s podcast is recording of a public lecture given in […]
Saying Donald Trump is mentally ill is unethical, inaccurate and unhelpful
John McGowan asks if it’s OK for mental health professionals to give opinions on Donald Trump’s mental health? Someone asked me what I thought about Donald Trump the other day. I […]
Is supporting populist political parties a mental disorder?
It’s just over a month until the UK general election and many Brits seem to have lost trust in their traditional politicos. Whether it’s the UK Independence Party (UKIP) scapegoating […]
20 years on: Finally our myopic brain obsession is on the wane
Professor John Read, back in the UK after a long period away, is struck by some important changes in the way we view mental health problems.
Seduced by biology: The BBC, black dog and biological bias
Sue Holttum suggests that biological explanations for distress may easily be over-emphasised.