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Thursday, 02, February, 2023

Fundamentally re-thinking UK mental health practice
and promoting positive change


Essays from a diverse selection of writers, which aim to change the professional and public discourse about emotional distress and unusual experiences.

‘ADHD’ is a description of behaviour. But it’s falsely presented as a disease – here’s how

In a new article in Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers explain the four strategies used to erroneously conflate...
hit by stuff

‘I just keep getting hit by stuff’

A man sat across from me in a small room in Dundee House. A few...
electroconvulsive therapy

A survivor harmed by ECT challenges a psychiatrist who promotes it

In this blog, an anonymous survivor of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) reflects on a recent presentation...

How to create meaningful inclusion in mental health research

Matthew Prebeg and colleagues call for re-imagining patient engagement in youth mental health research in...

How psychiatric drugs create a vicious cycle of effects, more drugs and diagnoses

A psychiatrist ushers a 22-year-old out-patient into a room for an assessment. According to his...
electroconvulsive therapy

Study that claims ECT is safe for children is flawed and ethically concerning

Electroconvulsive therapy, or “shock therapy” as it is commonly known, involves passing an electric current...

How the medical model disempowers voice-hearers

Editor's Note: this post was originally published on Mad in America, and is shared here...

There is no valid evidence that genes play a role in causing ‘schizophrenia’

In a 2003 edition of Science, the editors declared that the identification of genes for “mental illness”...
troubled teen lithium

I was 15 and on lithium, then the ‘troubled teen’ industry got me

I have been experiencing a slow ascent back to sanity that took about 30 years. Until...

Our Mad highlights of 2022

A round-up of 2022 highlights from Mad in the UK and the wider critical field: The...

Mad in the UK’s 10 most popular articles this year

A round-up of Mad in the UK's most popular posts of 2022, as chosen by...
Boarding school bad for children

Boarding schools are bad for children. Why do they still exist?

Being sent to boarding school can cause severe harm to children. This is evident from...
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A list of groups and resources that you may find helpful. If you are aware of other resources that we should consider adding, please let us know by email: [email protected].

Mad in America – Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad).

The Power Threat Meaning Framework – Towards the identification of patterns in emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis.

Drop the Disorder (Facebook) –  a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress.

A Disorder 4 Everyone – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis – creating change. Provides events, blogs and other resources.

A free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups. Download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma

Hearing Voices Network – If you hear voices, HVN can help – we are committed to helping people who hear voices. We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (UK) – works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry – CEP exists to communicate evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference.

The Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project – provides information, resources, tools, and connecting platforms to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things “mental health”.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.

More resources are listed here.