mental health

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...

It’s an expression so familiar to many of us – wide-eyed, helpless, numb. Toby Brown’s captivating portraits have been striking a chord since his exhibition opened in London: ‘For me the eyes tell the story, not necessarily the rest of the face. A person can still be smiling...

An independent report by the Mental Health Taskforce, chaired by the Chief Executive of Mind, Paul Farmer, has set out recommendations for mental healthcare in the NHS. In the wake of this report, Prime Minister David Cameron called for greater focus on mental health in...

On The Grove in Stratford, past the fried chicken and betting shops, you’ll find an installation shining bright during the cold wintry months. Ten double-sided lightboxes reaching over 2m high, stand where market stalls usually trade. Lit up 24 hours a day, they command...

Few might imagine that the London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London, would host an event entitled Creativity and Mental Health: Down the Rabbit Hole. However, January saw this event took place as...

"The Metropolitan Police call him a Domestic Extremist. The NHS have described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labelled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. ‘A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business’ is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts...