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...

From Amelioration to Transformation: Hopes for Mental Health in Human Rights-Based Systems

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This article was originally published on the #WhatWeNeed blog and can be accessed here. During my final year, M. Phil Clinical Psychology course in 2013, a professor of Psychiatric Social Work who saw the title of my thesis...

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....

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care

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This article was originally published on Mad in America on May 27, 2020, and is written by Ana Florence. It can be accessed here. MIA's Ana Florence interviews United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras about...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...