mental health

"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...

Half an hour on the slow train from Antwerp, surrounded by flat, sparsely populated farmlands, Geel (pronounced, roughly, ‘Hyale’) strikes the visitor as a quiet, tidy but otherwise unremarkable Belgian market town. Yet its story is unique. For more than 700 years its...

As I stepped out of the car and walked towards a house that was surrounded by ambulances and police cars, closing off an entire street, I believed I was becoming involved in some sort of military siege. Myself and a colleague were greeted by six police officers all looking...

Tim and Bryony met and fell in love. This piece, a true story, simply and beautifully tells of the intruder in the living room in Bryony and Tim’s new relationship – the crippling clinical depression that had partnered Tim for eight years before he was able to speak to anyone...

Being a 'consultant' to a TV or film company is, in my experience, random. Poor experiences are mostly benign, for example, having one's brains picked for no recompense so that the company can say it consulted with a clinical psychologist and the promise further work going...

Mental health problems exert an enormous social and economic burden. By way of example, the cost of depression alone to the British economy is over £9 billion annually (Thomas & Morris, 2003), and more than twice as many people die from suicide each year in the UK than...

The debate between John Cromby and Vaughan Bell (‘Understandings of mental illness – mired in the past?’, January 2015) produced much consensus but three...

All knowledge is shaped by its past: psychological understandings are no exception. But ‘mired’ suggests a negative shaping, a constraining or unhelpful trajectory. I would argue that the tendency to still conceive of psychological distress as mental illness, as diseases with...

I was recently offered the opportunity to go on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind to make what I consider to be a vital point about a fundamental flaw in the way our society is campaigning against stigma in mental health. I wanted to argue that by using the headline statistic ‘1...