How Western Psychiatry Harms Alternative Understandings of Mental Health

Note: This article was first published on Mad in America on December 27, 2019 and can be accessed here. A recent article published in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry examines the relationship between Global Mental Health (GMH) movements and more local...

No, Dr. Friedman: The Solution to Teen Suicide is Not So Simple

Note: This article, authored by Jacob Hess, was first published on Mad in America on January 8, 2020, and can be accessed here. In the largest newspaper in the world this week, one of the largest problems in the world...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

TCI Asia at the UN

TCI Asia members have been representing regional concerns and solutions and contributing to discussions within the UN system to ensure that transforming communities for inclusion remains at the core of efforts to challenge and change the mental health care system. Promoting human rights – OHCHR...

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...

Learning From Each Other As Psychiatric Survivors: Mad in America

Chaya Grossberg writes on the importance of community in seeking emancipation from psychiatry. Her essay was first published by Mad in America and can be viewed here.  *** There are common themes among the thousands of psychiatric survivors I’ve known, worked alongside and consulted with over the...

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...