mental health

What connects these individuals: Frank Bruno, Dame Kelly Holmes, Marcus Trescothick [pictured] and Aaron Lennon? If you said are all are winners you would be correct; if you said all are elite sports individuals, again correct. But there is something else: they all reported...

Just how immersed are the hearts of our political leaders in the quest to transform the mental state of the nation after 8 June 2017? After all, this opportunity to influence the nation’s mental health and wellbeing is arguably unprecedented on at least two counts. First, in...

‘Why did I go mad?’ was the arresting title of a Horizon documentary on the experiences that are sometimes diagnosed as ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘psychosis’ (BBC 2, 2nd May). We were invited into the complex, vivid and sometimes frightening inner worlds of three...

The idea that our more distressing emotions are nothing more than the symptoms of physical illnesses, which can then be treated like any other medical disease, is pervasive and seductive. But it is also profoundly flawed, and our present approach to helping people in acute...

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Over the last few months the pages of The Psychologist have been much occupied with revelations of the various mental health afflictions suffered by practising clinical...

I have to admit that I avoided watching this Channel 4 programme, set on a forensic unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, when it first aired. I have come to dread the clichés of mental health media depictions – focus on heroic doctors at the expense of the work of the whole...

The Wellcome is hosting a major exhibition on mental health, using the famous Bethlem Royal Hospital as its inspiration and starting point. Bedlam: the Asylum and Beyond examines how historic perceptions of madness, distress and mental illness, and the treatment of...

Priya Mistry enters the compact auditorium, shiny, glittery and colourful. It seems at first we might have fun as she and the set are dressed up as if to party, complete with mirror balls, music, and confetti. Then, approaching the audience, in a quavering voice she...

Blue/Orange premiered at the National Theatre in 2000, and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The play is a three hander, and the premise is simple. Christopher, a patient, is due to be discharged the next day from a psychiatric ward, but his doctor has reservations...