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Monday, 11, December, 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.

Eighty percent of the population will get treated for mental illness in their lifetime – and they’re worse off afterward

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that almost everyone will be treated for mental illness...

What does resiliency mean in the context of oppressive systems?

Pop culture, media, books, and research shape our perception of truth through master narratives or dominant storytelling....

Early intervention programs fail to help psychosis patients rebuild careers

A new article published in the Community Mental Health Journal finds service users who had experienced psychosis...

Brain changes from ECT linked to worse outcomes

A recent article in Psychological Medicine reports that the grey matter changes seen in patients who undergo...

Menopause: over-medicalised & over-monetised?

The menopause pendulum has perhaps swung too far in the opposite end of the spectrum;...

Soul-destroying relations: The role of the family in Kafka’s Metamorphosis

Kafka’s Metamorphosis is a vivid portrayal of alienation and loneliness in the family. The tale...

Global psychiatry’s attempt to excommunicate the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health

Between 2014 and 2020, the UN published three reports on mental health, prepared by the...

Opinion: Stephen Fry says psychiatry saved him, but what about listening to those it has harmed?

As a voice-hearer of 30 years – and 27 years as a user/survivor of psychiatry...

Early intervention in ultrahigh risk for psychosis ineffective

In a new study in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers tested an increasingly intensive, multi-stage approach to early...

Collaborative study challenges traditional views of depression, enriches understanding

When depression is analyzed and categorized through clinical definitions, it often omits the complex, deeply...

Study highlights growing diversity of mental health models

Mental health, a topic traditionally dominated by psychiatric and psychological theories, is undergoing a profound...

Social determinants in global mental health: Beyond pills and psychotherapy

The role of social determinants in shaping mental health outcomes has long been recognized, but...
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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.