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...

Global Mental Health – Coloniality, Technology and Medicalization

New in Mad in America's ongoing podcast series, Dr. China Mills speaks on the Lancet's proposal, and shares her insights on the role of coloniality, technology, and medicalization in the global "mental health" movement. The following interview is part of Mad in America's podcast on global mental health,...

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...

Responding to Workplace Mistreatment and Bullying

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This piece has been written by Will Hall and was first published by Mad in America on October 31, 2019 and can be accessed here. Mainstream mental health approaches and psychiatry tend to create an us vs. them wall where...

Almost All Patients in South Korean Psychiatric Ward Have Virus

This post was originally written by Kanga Kong for Bloomberg on February 22, 2020 and can be accessed here. Almost all patients at a psychiatric ward of a South Korean hospital tested positive for the coronavirus, with local reports...

Moving Global Mental Health “Outside Our Heads”: An interview with Dr. Derek Summerfield

As a part of Mad in America‘s ongoing podcast series on the "Global Mental Health" Movement, Justin Karter of the Mad in America team interviews Dr. Derek Summerfield . The original post can be viewed here on Mad in America. *** This week, MIA Radio presents the fourth in a...

Pathogenic Societies and Collective Madness: A Critical Look at Normalcy

This post was originally published on Mad in the UK and can be accessed here. Although experiences diagnosed as mental disorders undoubtedly have biological correlates, their nature goes beyond the body involving social, cultural, and psychological dimensions....