Sunday, October 20, 2019

One Large Moon and a Side of Stars

That night a large moon rose over the city of Chennai and hung above the ocean like a hard-orange candy, like the ones we used to buy for 15 paise each from the small kirana store down the street from Dadi’s house in Kanpur. Standing on...

UN Expert Calls for Major Shift in Suicide Prevention Efforts on World Mental Health Day

This piece was first published on Mad in America on October 10, 2019 and can be accessed here. Suicide prevention should not be addressed by increased prescription of medication, says Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. In...

COUNTRY REPORT: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka signed the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016. The Sri Lankan OPDs (Organizations of Persons with Disabilities) have since risen to the occasion with strong advocacy for implementation of laws and policies. However, the right to non-discrimination...

Many students in Pakistan continue to hide behind their mental health labels – it is time to destigmatize them

I sat by the window in an empty classroom on a cold winter morning. Outside, children arranged in lines for the morning assembly. I didn’t want to be a part of the crowd, so I stayed back. As students shuffled back into their classrooms, the empty...

Half Life

Having been flat mates for ten years, we had reached a point of comfort in our relationship. Leena was the rule-setter. We would each have our space, so from the very first day we moved in – first into a small flat and later to...

IN PICTURES: Indonesian Mental Health Association Investigation in Central Sulawesi.

This piece, written by Yeni Rosa Damayanti of the Indonesian Mental Health Association, explores the condition of people with psychosocial disability who live in confinement or shackling, during and post disasters in Central Sulawesi. The protection of those...

The Public Prescription Series by Sonaksha Iyengar | (Part-II)

This is Part 2 of the Public Prescription Series, containing illustrations and typography by Sonaksha Iyengar, in which she looks at the advice that persons who exhibit emotional and/or mental distress are often subject to.

The Public Prescription Series by Sonaksha Iyengar | (Part I)

In the coming weeks, Mad in Asia Pacific will be running a Public Prescription series showcasing Sonaksha's important and timely work around highlighting the impact that people's unsolicited and uniformed advice can have on a person already having mental health issues.

Bali Declaration 2018: Transforming Communities for Inclusion-Asia Pacific

The Classic Edition Plenary of TCI Asia Pacific was held in Bali, Indonesia from 26-29 August, 2018. The Plenaries are an important space for individuals and Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) members from Asia and Pacific Region to come together, learn and share, and to...