The Global ‘Mental Health’ Movement – Cause For Concern: Mad in America

This week on Mad in America, a series of podcast interviews will be broadcast on the topic of the global 'mental health' movement. The following was first published on Mad in America here. *** In this episode, we interview Dr. Melissa Raven, who is a psychiatric epidemiologist,...

Global Mental Health: An Old System Wearing New Clothes

Mad in America is bringing forth a series of podcast interviews on the topic of the global "mental health" movement. To view the last interview in this series, click here. This week Mad in America speaks to our very own, Jhilmil Breckenridge and Dr. Bhargavi Davar....

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...

An Interview With Stephen Gillatt, the author of Mad, Sad, Dysfunctional Dad

Jhilmil Breckenridge of Mad in Asia Pacific spoke with Stephen Gillatt about the issues of mental health and men and how society does not allow vulnerability in men. Stephen has recently written a mental health memoir as he wants to get more...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Sophie Cheung: Transforming Worlds through Art & Writing

When Sophie was 13, she started hearing voices and received a diagnosis of having “schizophrenia”. This was around the same time that the British handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years of rule. It was not a moment of celebration. Given the...

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...

Making Inclusion a Reality: Interview Series (Part I)

Moving away from the biomedical and institutionalisation model, persons with psychosocial disabilities everywhere have demonstrated that there are better alternatives to inclusion of people with disabilities within their community. From creating spaces for alternate ways of recovery, using traditional methods of healing to stressing...

How Culture Influences Voice Hearing: An Interview with Stanford Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann

This interview was originally published on Mad in America on November 13, 2020 here. Tanya Luhrmann is a Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford. Her work explores how cultural contexts shape the experience of mental...