UN Report: Involuntary Psychiatric Interventions “May Well Amount to Torture”

This article was originally written by Tina Minkowitz for Mad in America on March 5, 2020 and can be accessed here. In a new report, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture writes that "Involuntary psychiatric interventions...

“Feeling Not Seen, Not Heard, Not Understood”

Note: This long read essay is a result of a survey and study undertaken by the writers on unpacking loneliness in Indian cities and the kinds of responses it might require. It also contains a podcast on the connections between loneliness and...

Dehumanization Linked to Poorer Mental and Physical Health

This piece has been written by Micah Ingle and was first published by Mad in America on November 15, 2019, and can be accessed here. A recent study published in the Review of General Psychology surveys existing research on the nature and...

Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit – Open Letter

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN), England has released an open letter protesting the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit organised by the UK government. Signed by around 150 mental health campaigners and organisations from 25 countries, including Mad in Asia Pacific, TCI Asia Pacific...

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...

On Recovery: Scaling the Wall of Fear

This piece has been written by Will Mather and was first published by Mad in America on January 2, 2020. It can be accessed here. In 2001, after suffering from malaria in Africa, I had my first nervous breakdown...

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...

COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities: A Joint Statement and Some Recommendations

The following concerned organisations have drafted a collective statement on the heightened risk that people living with psychosocial disabilities face amidst a pandemic like COVID-19.-Pan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities-Redesfera Latinoamericana de la Diversidad Psicosocial-TCI Asia Pacific (Transforming Communities for...

Disability and Decolonial Studies Disrupt the Medical Model

This piece has been written by Zenobia Morrill and was first published on Mad in America on August 16, 2019 and can be accessed here. A new paper challenges concepts used in the mental health field that view people through...

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...