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Monday, 15, August, 2022

BLOGS

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

Calling Someone ‘anti-psychiatry’ is not an Argument – and for Many it Feels Abusive

Editor’s note: this article was originally published on Mad in the UK in February 2020....

How Little We Really Know About Psychiatric Drugs – a blog by Professor Joanna Moncrieff

Editor’s note: this article was originally published on Mad in the UK in January 2021....

Part Two: Response to Criticism of Our Chemical Imbalance Paper 

MITUK Editor: On July 20th, psychiatrist Professor Joanna Moncrieff, whose work appears regularly on this...

Part 1 : How to take the news that depression has not been shown to be caused by a chemical imbalance – by Professor...

MITUK Editor: On July 20th, psychiatrist Professor Joanna Moncrieff, whose work appears regularly on this...

Pain, grief, loss, regret

I will never be able to come to terms with the fact that I have...

Grief is Never a Disorder   

What the ….? They’re at it again, I hear myself silently saying.

Becoming Whole: How a Change in Me Became a Change in My Practice

It feels challenging to commit to a lifetime process of self-reflection and self-improvement when someone is offering you an easy way out.

Mad in the UK: Interview

As is the case with all MIA affiliates, Mad in the UK seeks to challenge...

The fortress of mental health services 

The focus needs to shift from how to deny people care, to how to help them access care.

Jo Watson’s incredible poem ‘I’m with her’ inspired by Eleanor Longden’s story. Film by Ian Smith

A Disorder for Everyone - The Online Festival

ECT REVIEW - WRITE TO YOUR MP

Note: All the campaign materials, blogs and updates can be found here.

A group of 40 professionals, researchers, ECT recipients and carers has written to Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and to subsequent holders of this post, asking for an independent review into ECT along the lines of the recent Cumberlege report into pelvic meshes.  We have also written to our own MPs and have so far had a positive response from 20 of them who have pledged to support our request. Dr Rosena Allin Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, is actively supporting our campaign, and has asked two parliamentary questions about the regulation of ECT.

You can join us by writing to your MP, find out how here.

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COVID-19 Resources

Non-medical, non-pathologising resources to help us all survive the COVID-19 crisis – updated regularly

OTHER RESOURCES

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]. Thanks.

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) – ISPS UK is the United Kingdom network of the International organisation ISPS – International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. ISPS 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.