In Conversation with Aanchal Narang

Trigger Warning: Abuse, suicide, self-harm In this video interview, we bring to you a conversation between our lead editor, Jhilmil Breckenridge, and psychologist Aanchal Narang. Aanchal is a counselling psychologist and founder of Another Light Counselling, which specialises...

Podcast: Mental Health and Conversion Therapy with Aarathi Selvan

This podcast originally appeared on The SOS Show with Suchita by Ep.Log Media & Metaphysical Lab and can be accessed here. Trigger Warning: Suicide, Conversion Therapy Some time back, Anjana...

Country Report – Malaysia

In December 2019, I attended a wonderful conference organised by Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association, MIASA. It is a Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support NGO based in Malaysia. The theme of the conference was Experts...

Alagille Syndrome, Medical Trauma and Mental Health: In Conversation with Shambhavi Ravishankar

Shambhavi Ravishankar's headshot against a black background.
Having grown up in India with a rare disease known as Alagille Syndrome, Shambhavi’s commitment to fighting for the rights of persons living with rare diseases led her to study law.  Shambhavi Ravishankar is a Felix Scholar and lawyer, qualified...

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care

Photograph of Dainius Puras against a blurry background.
This article was originally published on Mad in America on May 27, 2020, and is written by Ana Florence. It can be accessed here. MIA's Ana Florence interviews United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras about...

Young People’s Mental Health, Lived Experience and Alternate Knowledge

Colourful patchwork illustration with the title 'Jugaad' on top, portraits of four young people and a dog, standing over the patchwork quilt with patches that say 'Laughter', 'Resilience', 'Care' and 'Love'.
Adishi Gupta of Mad in Asia Pacific in conversation with the 'Jugaad' book team At the Weaving Our Voices conference earlier this year, I met a group of young authors talking about their mental health struggles and needs,...

Comedy, Activism, Disability and Mental Health: In Conversation with Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi's picture while speaking into a mic, with a banner of Rising Flame in the backgroun.
Nidhi Goyal is a Mumbai-based disability rights activist and stand-up comedian. She is the founder and director of an NGO called Rising Flame. She sits on several boards and committees including that of national Human Rights Commission India, FICCI, UN Women New...

與「台灣失序者聯盟」對話 – 下集

本系列為Mad in Asia Pacific與台灣失序者聯盟(失序盟)成員的對話,失序盟成員從失序者/瘋人/酷兒的位置出發,探索台灣精神失序相關議題。本系列內容於Mad in Asia Pacific分為上、下集發表,並另有刊載英文版。 台灣失序者聯盟成員暨作者 王修梧 郝天行 林昭生 秀 感謝劉昆峰與曾郁翔協助我們諸多題項的翻譯 心理健康體制試圖「幫助」人時,常常反造成二度傷害,我看到你們對此有很深的興趣。台灣的生物醫療取向有多盛行呢? 台灣主要的心理健康服務有:精神醫療(只有精神科醫師能提供)、心理治療(臨床心理師與諮商心理師提供)。沒有服務是完美的,上述這些專業服務都有造成二度創傷的風險,主要的問題在沒有建立透明的投訴機制。目前沒有提供遭受不當對待的病人或案主一個完善的中立第三方檢舉管道;而精神醫療過失部分則很難舉證過失。 二度創傷的形成,與服務本身是否為生物醫療取向,不見得是充分必要關係。但的確,以實證科學「生物醫療取向」為基礎的西醫精神醫學,在台灣十分盛行。台灣施行全民健保,在一般考量醫療費用的情況下,民眾幾乎使用健保看診,且2016年起已經取消鎖卡限制。但心理諮商沒有普遍納入健保,看醫學中心或診所的精神科,一次150-600NTD左右;而心理諮商一小時則為1500-2500NTD,大約是最低工資的十分之一。 健保包含西醫與中醫(通常被視為整合醫學、替代醫學),根據台灣2017年的全民健康保險醫療統計資料(2018出版),該年「精神、行為和神經發展疾患」類就診率,西醫是每十萬人口10,408人,將近10%人口就診西醫精神科;中醫則是每十萬人口735人,西醫就診率是中醫就診率的14倍之多。而這還沒計入西醫精神科的急診就診率(中醫沒有精神科急診)。而根據衛生福利部官方統計,2018年抗憂鬱藥物使用人數為1330,204人,約占台灣人口的5.6%,用藥人數逐年成長,但大眾媒體仍會強調這樣的使用人數比憂鬱症盛行率低,所以用藥率不夠高──我們認為這樣的論述是很荒謬的,也忽視了精神痛苦的社會脈絡。

Queerness and Madness in Taiwan: In Conversation with Taiwan Mad Alliance – Part 2

In this two-part series, Mad in Asia Pacific is in conversation with the members of Taiwan Mad Alliance, namely Shu Shu, Tien-Hsing Hao, Zhao Sheng Lin, Fyon*. We explored some of the issues faced by queer and mad people with psychosocial disability...

Queerness and Madness in Taiwan: In Conversation with Taiwan Mad Alliance – Part 1

In this two-part series, Mad in Asia Pacific is in conversation with members of Taiwan Mad Alliance, namely, Shu Shu, Tien-Hsing Hao, Zhao Sheng Lin, Fyon.* We explored some of the issues faced by queer and mad people with...