Trauma Outside the Box: How the ‘Trauma-Informed’ Trend Falls Short: Mad in America

Clinical psychologist, Noel Hunter, writes about the "trauma-informed" approach in mental health practice and the inevitable harm such practice causes and perpetuates. The following was first published in Mad in America and be viewed here → *** Increasingly, it is becoming fashionable for mental health agencies and...

An Alternative Review Of The Mental Health Act: Mad in the UK

Today Mad in the UK published a coverage of the Mental Health Act and alternative reports surrounding it. The following was first published in Mad in the UK and can be accessed here:  *** MEDIA RELEASE: Hearing Voices Network England 6.12.2018 A RALLYING CALL TO MAKE BOLD AND AMBITIOUS...

Millions at Risk From Antidepressant Withdrawal, New Review Concludes: Mad in the UK

A new study was recently published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors which shows that antidepressant withdrawal can result in severe long-term effects. Here is Mad in the UK's full coverage on the matter: Read the Full text of the Article here →      

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...

Tensions in Mental Health Care in China: An Interview with Zhiying Ma

MIA’s Rebecca Troeger interviews medical anthropologist Zhiying Ma about mental health care in China today, including involuntary hospitalization, tensions between Western psychiatry and more holistic and socially-oriented local frameworks, and opportunities to rethink paradigms of care. This piece was first published by...

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DEMANDS A NEW LOOK AT PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS

An international Task Force of the American Psychological Association’s Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology has today issued a statement detailing concerns about major psychiatric diagnostic manuals. In an open letter already endorsed by leading international mental health organisations, the Task Force...

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....

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...

New Review Finds Lancet Global Mental Health Report Misguided

This piece has been written by Ayurdhi Dhar and was first published by Mad in America on October 11, 2019 and can be accessed here. A new critical review of the latest Lancet global mental health report finds that while...

Advisory Issued by the Korean Association for Mental Illness for Coronavirus

In light of the widespread outbreak of Coronavirus over the past few months, the Korean Association for Mental Illness issued a warning statement for psychiatric hospitals on February 25, 2020. Korean Association for Mental Illness made a statement...