How the CRPD Changed Us

This article was originally published on the WhatWENeed blog here as a part of CRPD refresh. My earliest interactions with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was in 2016, almost 10 years after my country...

Validating Psychosis: The Missing Narrative

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This essay is written by Audrey Dimola and was originally published on Mad in America on August 13, 2020 and can be accessed here. "If you bring forth that which is within you, then that...

Identity, Oppression, and the Culture of “The Mentally Ill”

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This article was first published on Mad in America on August 4, 2020, here. A friend once described me as an "escapee," someone who never became enmeshed in the mental health system, never became defined by it, despite...

CBT for First-Episode Psychosis Effective Without Antipsychotics

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This article is written by Peter Simons and was originally published on Mad in America on June 22, 2020 here. A new study compared intensive cognitive behavioral case management (CBCM) with and without...

Kindness in Context: Virtuous or Vacuous?

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This article is written by Samantha Hartley and it originally appeared on her blog here. I was asked to do a video (cringe) about kindness, where I tried to emphasise how, for me, kindness is about compassionately giving what's...

Recovery: Stressing the Social Basis of the Process – Topor, Larsen, Bøe

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This article is co-authored by Alain Topor, Inger Beate Larsen & Tore Dag Bøe and was originally published on Mad in America here. All the footnotes in the article can be found in the original post on Mad in America.

The Value of ‘Crip Time’ – Srinidhi Raghavan

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This article was originally published as part of a fortnightly column on Firstpost and can be accessed here. In my early journal entries from 2016 when chronic pain first disrupted my life, I wrote a lot about loss:...

Resisting the Violence of Common Sense — Kiran Grewal

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This article is written by Kiran Grewal as part of a series titled 'Confronting the Household' and was originally published on Feminist Review here. As the lockdown began I was overwhelmed by two emotional responses. The first, as...

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care

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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...

Psychosocial Challenges in the Midst of the Coronavirus — Honey Oberoi Vahali

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This article by Honey Oberoi Vahali was first published on The India Forum here. While trying to maintain our psychological equilibrium during a pandemic, we may well do so in a manner that facilitates...